The incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII was not the result of one simple action. In this activity, students will create a timeline of 5-10 events beginning with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and ending with the subsequent apology and reparations issued by Ronald Regan 40 years later. Students will include a short description of each event and create an illustration with appropriate scenes, characters, and items to convey the injustice of Japanese American Incarceration in the United States during WWII.
Teachers can pre-select the events they would like students to include into the timeline, or students can choose their own. In order for students to thrive in this assignment, they should be encouraged to research ten events, and select the five that they found to be the most interesting.
For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options, and update the instructions accordingly.
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Objective: Create a timeline in chronological order with accurate dates, descriptions, and illustrations for 5-10 important events relating to Japanese American incarceration during WWII.< /p>
Requirements: 5-10 events listed with correct dates, 1-3 sentence description, and appropriate illustrations.
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Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.