Photo: Drawing, Artist Miné Okubo [First high school graduation, Central Utah “Relocation” Project, Topaz, Utah, 1942-1944] Okubo was incarcerated at Topaz Incarceration Camp and is represented in the drawing as the woman in a cross-patterned shirt standing in profile in the center foreground watching the outdoor commencement of the camp’s 150 member first graduating high school class.
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.
Lesson plan will be available for download in January/February 2017.