Curriculum Topic: Tule Lake Incarceration Camp

Lesson Plan Courtesy of: Cathlin Goulding, Doctoral Candidate in Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Lesson Plan Synopsis: This lesson can be used to forefront a study of the Japanese American incarceration or a larger unit of study on mass incarceration and prisons. During this lesson, students explore definitions of power through an activity called the “Great Game of Power.” In this activity, students move series of objects to represent different arrangements of power. In the second half of the session, students investigate how power works in the context of the modern prison, drawing upon Jeremy Bentham’s classic model of the “panopticon.” These early conversations about power can serve as a foundation for studying the history of Tule Lake and its special status as a high-security prison.

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