The following is a one-day (75 minute period), multimedia common core-based lesson on Japanese-American internment during the Second World War. The lesson focuses on the reasons for internment and the major court case of Korematsu v. US. The worksheet includes a variety of student-centered activities that promote active engagement and critical thinking skills such as:
• Do now video clip, “Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips” followed by questions – Video is included. (Cartoon is quite racist but serves to illustrate the pervasive anti-Japanese sentiment in the United States).
• Primary and secondary source readings including Executive Order 9066 – includes several critical thinking questions perfect for whole class discussion.
• US Government propaganda video (included) showing the government’s version of Japanese internment camps. – questions included.
• Song analysis, Kenji by Fort Minor (song not included but easily affordable in itunes or for free on youtube – comparison questions between the video and song included.
• Secondary source reading and several questions relating to Korematsu v. US
• Students then write a letter to President Reagan or Congress in general explaining if they are satisfied with the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 where Congress gave $20,000 to each surviving internee.
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