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A Unit on Farewell to Manzanar for 8th Grade English

Jeane Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston's historical narrative Farewell to Manzanar (1973) provided an autobiographical account of the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Through some poignant moments, Farewell to Manzanar attempts to raise some important concerns about generational issues (Issei and Nissel), gender roles (tradtional and ...

5-8

American Justice on Trial

This lesson is designed to raise students' awareness of events surrounding Japanese American internment during World War II, as well as the political and human rights issues that are associated with this episode. It is based on a mock trial in which the United States government is being prosecuted for ...

9-12

American Justice on Trial

On February 19, 1942, at the height of U.S. involvement in World War II, President Roosevelt authorized military leaders within the War Department to place all Japanese Americans residing on the West Coast in detention camps. The following months saw the relocation of some 120,000 Japanese Americans, of ...

9-12

An Introduction to Asian and Asian American Fiction

This curriculum outline illustrates the components of a course which introduces students to an understanding of short stories and novels and emphasizes the broadening of their world view through the use of Asian and Asian-American stories.

undergraduate

Asian Americans in Hawai'i

The goal of this lesson is to help students develop the critical faculties needed to detect stereotyping and bias and to form independent and responsible judgments by studying Asian Americans in Hawai‘i.

undergraduate

Awards and Achievements of Nisei Soldiers

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9-12

Becoming aware of the Japanese American Internment Camp Experience

The objective of this classroom activity, based on the Smithsonian's exhibition A More Perfect Union, is to help students become aware of, and sensitive to, the Japanese American interment camp experience. They will develop a sense of empathy by simulating the situations which Japanese American children faced.

In Part ...

K-4
5-8

Changing Perspectives on the Japanese Internment Experience

In this interactive and multi-disciplinary lesson, students learn about the role that perspective plays in the writing of history by focusing on the changing views about Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Students will demonstrate what they've learned by creating a project that demonstrates a biased view of ...

9-12

Citizenship Denied: An Integrated Unit on the Japanese American Internment

In 1942, 110,000 Japanese Americans living on the West Coast of the United States were relocated to ten internment camps. It took another forty years for the US government to recognize the violations of this population's constitutional rights. From studying the experiences of those interned, students will recognize ...

5-8
9-12

Civil Rights and Japanese American Incarceration

In this curriculum, students will: Learn and analyze the concept of civil rights; develop a basic understanding of the events leading up to and including the mass removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II; become familiar with the diversity of Japanese American experiences; analyze the decision to ...

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9-12
undergraduate

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