Time Allotted: 60 min
Grade Level: 5th
Unit Theme: “Why were Japanese-Americans interned, and how did the internment affect their lives?”
Standard(s) Met: (see below)
Goal: The learners will be able to explain different interpretations from diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference (NCSS 1b); locate, analyze, organize, and apply information about a public issue recognizing multiple points of view (NCSS 10c).
Objectives: The learners will make an advertisement of sell to describe part of the process of the Japanese-American evacuation, and will view the economic impact of the war and internment. (stand. 7 obj. 2; stand. 3 obj. 2)
Materials Needed: 10 marker bins, 30 sets of colored pencils, 15 sets of crayons, 30 pencils, 30 erasers, 35 sheets of white 11x17.
Motivation: All the Japanese-Americans have found out they are going to be relocated. The government is going to house everyone, but they cannot leave their possessions; they must sell or rent everything they have. Only a few clothes and precious things can be kept. What would you take? (5 min)
Closure: Have one or two groups share their brainstorming lists and have them give explanations. Provide an opportunity for other groups to respond and add to comments. Teacher may list answers and discussion topics on the board. Review the impact on Japanese-Americans when they were forced to leave their shops and homes. Were they economically injured? (10 min)
Accommodations: ESL learners may use pictures only; however, have them preferably use correct dollar amounts.
Assessment/Evaluation: During the closure discussion, did the students address more than one economic issue? How many sides were presented? Review advertisements and prioritized lists. Did students rearrange and correctly display their possessions? Did they consider the discrimination towards them and the attitudes they would deal with (prices reasonable)?