Organization and Subject Matter Overview
The overall unit question is: “Why were Japanese Americans interned, and how did it affect their lives?” Two NCSS strands encompass the unit goal. They include Culture and Civic Ideas and Practices. The performance expectations that will be addressed specifically are 1b) explain how information and experiences may be interpreted by people from diverse cultural perspectives and frames of reference and 10c) locate, access, explaining multiple points of view. The Utah Core objectives that will be covered are stated specifically in the below chart.
The unit is designed to have the students realize the importance of different perspectives. History is meant to be learned and lived; therefore, the students will experience history through the classroom lectures, lessons, activities, and research.
In the below chart, each week is broken down into five days. Each day should be allowed a 1-1.5 hour block. The time frame will vary based on the activity planned and the discussion of the students. However, the teacher must realize that this lesson is student centered and involves a lot of inquiry. He/She must not look for the “correct” answer and will also need to present each lesson as non-biased. Most of the planned activities involve cooperative learning which will be more effective if the classroom has “base groups” prior to the unit.
The classroom will need to have one wall cleared and prepared for the students’ timelines. Also, a filing system needs to be prepared to store the portfolios in progress. In addition, teachers may find it helpful to look through the organization chart and see if they would like to further develop (enlarge, critique) the suggested materials.
This unit should be heavily integrated into the entire curriculum; however, each subject that has been elaborated upon focuses on the social studies aspect of the curriculum.