Classroom Guide for Heroes by Ken Mochizuki

Lesson Overview:

Heroes by Ken Mochizuki and illustrated by Dom Lee is a children's book set against the backdrop of the 1960s, and the conflict in Vietnam. The story explores how one family deals with the painful legacy of war. The main character is a Japanese American boy whose father and uncle served in the segregated 442nd RCT during WWII.

Themes: War, Prejudice, Heroism, Fathers and Sons, Fitting In, Japanese Americans

The classroom guide is available to download as a PDF from the linked page and includes prereading focus questions, discussion questions, suggested activities.


The Active Learner, Lee & Low Books


Grade Band:

K-4, 5-8

Integrated Subjects:




Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture

Submissions accepted until September 30, 2016

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