For your convenience, we’ve indicated how this Asahi online exhibit and activities connect to curricula in each province and territory across Canada.
The Asahi baseball team tells an inspiring story of innovation and perseverance during difficult times and opens a small window into Canadian society before World War II.
Here are five social studies activities designed to help high school students think about the themes explored in the Asahi online exhibit, such as sport, community, racism, and identity. Each activity has the following components —
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Create an editorial cartoon
What strikes and fouls did the Nikkei (people of Japanese descent) community experience in Canada while the Asahis played?
Editorial cartoons can be a powerful way to express an opinion about a particular subject.
To understand the historical context for the Asahi story and develop an opinion about racism in that era, students will create an editorial cartoon to comment on the life of Nikkei in Canada from 1914 to 1941.
Storyboard a one-minute film
Why were the Asahis so successful?
A storyboard is a sequence of still pictures arranged to show the events of a story in the order they will be shown. To evaluate the success of the Asahis and share their perceptions in a succinct way that combines audio and visual techniques, students will create a storyboard for a one-minute film.
Perform a radio play-by-play of the Asahis
How would you make the call on the experience of an Asahis game?
Newspaper articles about the Asahis provide a snapshot of their play and the perception the media had of them. Baseball is a leisurely game, providing plenty of opportunity for commentary between plays. To recreate the context and feel of an Asahi game, students will extract details from archival newspaper articles and other resources to deliver an imaginary radio broadcast of a play in an Asahi game along with commentary on the teams and players of the time.
Mind map ideas about sport and society
What do people think about athletic heroes like the Asahis and their involvement in the double play of sport and society?
A mind map is a helpful way to collect ideas on a subject. To share ideas about positive and negative aspects of sports in society, students will generate group mind maps on the subject.
Walk the bases in someone else’s cleats
Can memories of the Asahis or other sporting events produce the excitement and satisfaction of sliding for home?
Interviewing someone about their life experiences can be a rewarding and fascinating experience for both the interviewer and interviewee. To explore the ways sport can affect the lives of others, students will interview a grandparent or a favourite senior about a memorable sporting event and re-create the story for the class.
Here are relevant Japanese and baseball terms to help you understand the history of the Asahi baseball team.
These are some books, web sites and other media that may be helpful in learning more about the Asahi and the methods described in the activities.