Injustice: Japanese Internment and Citizens’ Rights

Christa Rawald, Social Studies, Ranson MS

Curriculum Unit (pdf)

This unit uses fiction and nonfiction to teach scholars about democracies and how minority groups exist within a democracy. Looking at Asian American experiences, this unit will inform students about injustices Japanese Americans have faced in the United States specifically. The fiction component comes from historical fiction studies and the nonfiction component comes from the DBQ Project and its DBQ essays that relate to citizenship, why the attack on Pearl Harbor happened. The unit includes film and music as an arts component. Scholars will learn how to become advocates for themselves and others who have faced and will continue to face injustices in our country because of their status as a minority group.