Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Japanese-American Incarceration, and supports the standard of  constructing an interpretation of why the U.S. government incarcerated Japanese Americans, as well as the effects of the incarceration. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display the word “Stereotype.” Ask students:

  • What do you think this word means?
  • How can stereotypes be dangerous?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about Japanese-American Incarceration while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a movie that answers this question: How did Japanese Americans cope with life in prison camps?
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying causes and effects of Japanese-American Incarceration during World War II. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum exhibit with artifacts representing Japanese-American Incarceration. 

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students take the Japanese-American Incarceration Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Japanese-American Incarceration Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Densho Teaching Guide and Densho Resource Guide: Explore these resources from Densho, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity. Densho resources are intended for secondary school students and above.

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