Curriculum Topic: Topaz Incarceration Camp

Lesson Plan Courtesy of: Emily Eaton

Lesson Plan Synopsis: This lesson is designed to give students a look into the lives of the Japanese American teenagers incarcerated in the camps on the American West Coast during World War II through the use of primary documents. Students act as historians and gather evidence from primary documents created by, and about, Japanese American teenagers during incarceration. The second part of the lesson involves reflection on the experiences and attitudes surrounding the teenage experience during incarceration, as well as providing an opportunity for students to reflect on their own attitudes and obstacles. Finally, students can research the impact of immigration detention today on teenagers affected by the current political climate and world events.

Download the November 2017 Lesson Plan here.