Lesson Plan

Japanese American Internment During World War II

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World War II turned nations against each other and neighbors into enemies. An eye-opening activity explores the dark past of Japanese-American internment camps during WWII. Scholars learn of the fear and distrust toward Asian Americans during that time and how the bombing at Pearl Harbor pushed those fears to a breaking point. Academics read documents, complete a worksheet, and participate in group discussion to understand Executive Order 9066 and the propaganda used to support it. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils conduct further research on the impact of internment camps on Japanese-Americans
  • Show interviews from survivors of the internment camps 
Classroom Considerations
  • The topic of internment camps and ethnicity is a sensitive subject
  • Lesson includes extension activities if time allows
  • The resource handles a sensitive subject in a respectful manner
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