This unit, a component of the educational materials produced for "Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in WWII Arkansas," was written for civics and U.S. history teachers. The unit is based around an essential question, which students should be able to answer by the end of the lessons. This type of curriculum writing, advocated by educators such as Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Grant Wiggins, encourages students to think critically and ties units together so that all activities are linked to a common goal. Civics teachers may wish to teach the unit at the beginning or end of the school year as an introduction to or review of our rights and responsibilities as humans and as citizens of the United States. U.S. history teachers may wish to teach the unit and its activities throughout the year as they cover some of the events highlighted, such as Indian Removal, Jim Crow laws, Japanese American incarceration during WWII, the Civil Rights Movement, and post-9/11 treatment of Muslims, Arabs, and Arab Americans. Teachers may wish to draw additional information and/or activities from the middle school units written for geography and Arkansas history, which cover in further depth the experiences of Japanese Americans in Arkansas.
A CD-ROM containing additional primary sources is available by emailing Dr. Kristin Mann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PPE 1.1; PAG 1.4, 1.5; SSPS 1.4
Students will connect historical struggles for human rights with contemporary issues. Students will understand their personal responsibility to uphold human rights.
Kristin Dutcher Mann, University of Arkansas, Little Rock; Allyson Nakamoto, Japanese American National Museum