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Activity Overview

Students will create a spider map that answers the 5Ws and H questions often used when discussing history topics: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. For the topic of Japanese American Incarceration during World War II, students will answer the following questions using 1-3 sentence answers in the description boxes as well as appropriate and meaningful illustrations:

  1. Who ordered the incarceration of Japanese Americans?
  2. What did the order say / allow the military to do? Who was affected by the order?
  3. When did the incarceration take place?
  4. Where were Japanese Americans incarcerated?
  5. Why did this happen?
  6. How many and in what ways were Japanese Americans affected?

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Objective: Create a 5Ws and H Spider Map describing the incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII.< /p>

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. For each cell, answer the question with a 1-3 sentence description.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each answer using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Requirements: Answers to 6 5Ws&H questions as well as appropriate illustrations for each.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.


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