The Korematsu Institute develops and distributes curriculum about Fred Korematsu’s story, the WWII Japanese American incarceration, Asian American history, and current civil rights issues. Educators in all 50 states and many overseas countries have requested our Curriculum Toolkits. Each kit contains historical information, photos, and supplemental materials that teach history and its connections to the challenging issues of today. 

These free Curriculum Toolkits are made possible by generous support from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, the Henri and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation, and individual donors.

Each Curriculum Kit includes the following:

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The Korematsu Institute Teacher's Guide for grades K-12

Includes elementary, middle, and high school lesson plans plus primary and secondary source documents.


Korematsu Curriculum Films DVD

DVD that includes excerpts from six documentaries on the Japanese American incarceration, plus the 24-minute version of the 2-time Emmy Award-winning documentary, Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story, with English and Japanese subtitles.

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Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution poster

Graphic novel, Fred Korematsu: All American Hero

Sheirin, a young Muslim girl is being bullied at school after 9/11 and finds encouragement from her Japanese American neighbor Mari. Mari tells her about what it really means to be an American and reminds her to not be afraid to speak up by telling her the story of Fred Korematsu. This book goes through Korematsu’s history and how he stood up against the WWII Japanese American incarceration. It also includes a comprehensive timeline that gives context to what led to this ugly time in U.S. history.

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“Asian American and Pacific Islander Civil Rights Heroes” poster


Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustice booklet

Abbreviated version of Patriot Acts, Voice of Witness book compiled and edited by Alia Malek with a forward by Karen Korematsu.


Fred Korematsu Speaks up booklet

For middle school audiences on Fred Korematsu, who challenged the forced removal of Japanese Americans during World War II. Authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi use a variety of elements to tell Korematsu's story and the broader context in which it takes place. The story begins with Korematsu's prewar life as an ordinary American teenager, but one who faced discrimination because of his ethnic background.