Heart Mountain Relocation Center
Students examine several primary source documents related to the Japanese internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. They write an essay about Heart Mountain and explore the concept of restitution to Japanese-Americans.
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Are We Americans Again? A Portrait of Japanese American Internment
High schoolers study American citizens, specifically Estelle Ishigo, who were forced to live in relocation centers during World War II. Using primary sources, students describe the internees' experiences during and after internment. They...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Value of Ancient Traditions
Imagine having to give up cell phones, computers, and TV? What would be lost? What gained? An examination of the Drokpa, a nomadic people who live in the grasslands of Tibet, provides class members an opportunity to consider how access...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Excerpt from the Trail of Tears Diary
How did Native American nations exhibit resilience as they were forcibly relocated from their homelands in 1830? Pupils read two interview excerpts from the Trail of Tears Diary and discuss what Native Americans fought to preserve along...
7th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
America in Space: German Voices from Huntsville, Alabama
Project Paperclip, the Redstone Arsenal, and the Huntsville Space Center are all featured in a resource that investigates the contributions of Dr. Werner von Brawn and other German scientists to the US space program. Working individually...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The War: Japanese Americans and Internment
High schoolers examine the experiences of Japanese-Americans at the beginning of World War II in America. After watching an excerpt from "The War", they answer reflection questions about the Japanese being put into internment camps. In...
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Who Was More American: Japanese-Americans Who Dissented Against Internment or Those that Supported the War Effort?
Was the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II constitutional? Who was more American: Japanese-Americans who dissented against the internment or those who supported the war effort? Class members do a close reading of...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Art as Advocacy for Social Change
“Humanscape No.65” by Melesia Casas and Ester Hernandez’s “Sun Maid Raisins” launch a study of how works of art can advocate for social change. After examining these two works and discussing the human rights issues raised, class members...
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts CCSS: Designed