Activity Overview

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.

Template and Class Instructions

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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>

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Choose 5-10 important events related to Japanese American Incarceration during World War II
  3. In the timeline template, click on “Timeline Dates”, and write the dates of each milestone in the date cells in chronological order. Then click “update timeline”
  4. For each cell, list a title and write a 1-3 sentence description for each event.
  5. Create an illustration that represents each event using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save often!

Requirements: 5-10 events listed with correct dates, 1-3 sentence description, and appropriate illustrations.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Timelines

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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