Tap into your students’ creativity, empathy, and critical thinking skills in this 6 activity PBL lesson pack covering the powerful photos of Japanese-American internment during World War II.
These photos are not to be missed in any unit on the WWII American home front. Many released only in the last few decades, these photos were taken by famous photographers, including Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, tell a story like no other and one the U.S. government wanted to hide. This lesson pack offers 6 creative yet respectful ways to left-brain and right-brain interact with this unprecedented violation of civil rights.
thoughtfully analyzing mistakes made by those before us so that we may never repeat them.
Engage your students with 2 activities to empathize with these loyal Japanese-American citizens:
- Using clues of half a photograph to infer and draw the other half
- Inferring the thoughts of photographed internees
Once your students have analyzed these photos deeply, challenge them to a PBL project by:
- Developing a meme to display their learning, juxtaposing a photograph with a President Roosevelt quote
To round out and compliment, included are 3 more activities:
- Defining key concepts using an adapted Frayer model
- Inferring from internment camp statistics
- Reading and reflecting on a recent news article about the photos’ release
Use as many or few activities you want, these are entirely interchangeable!
Cut through the boring textbook and head straight to the compelling sources in this plug-and-play lesson pack
that make learning real and immediately relevant, challenging your students to wonder, “How would I have responded if I was imprisoned simply for my heritage and not my actions?”
- Detailed 2-to-4 day lesson plan, including bell-ringer and exit ticket ideas, and differentiation strategies for all reading levels
- 2 1-page definition sheets
- 4 sets of half photos with full photos for comparison and accompanying worksheet
- 15 different photos with thought bubble overlays and accompanying worksheet
- 1 photo meme project sheet with planning and reflection questions and a scoring rubric and accompanying collection of quotes and sample meme
- EDITABLE PowerPoint file with links and digital copies of all included photos
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