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Unit 2: Bonus Materials

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Journey to Topaz

By Yoshiko Uchida

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Oral History Interviews

Students were surprised to discover that many of their parents had never heard about the Japanese Internment. Therefore we decided to interview grandparents, parents regarding their knowledge, and/or understanding of the Japanese Internment. Students met in groups (some interviewed great grandparents, many interviewed grandparents and parents).

We tallied findings and shared some amazing stories from some of the students!

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Students, as members of the press, conduct “man on the street” interviews about the internment of the Japanese, in the era of WWII. Film the scenarios.


Have students create a trailer or an iMovie about the Korematsu case, or about another case where justice was served.

Other Materials

Article from Teaching Tolerance

Public Domain Image from Wikimedia Commons

A large sign reading I am an American placed in the window of a store in Oakland, California on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor.

“Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading “I am an American” placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war.”