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Unit Plan: US History Gr 11 – WWII Internment

SUBJECT U.S. History
To expose students to the life of Fred Korematsu and have them determine after reading historical documentation whether the treatment of Japanese Americans, the majority of whom were U.S. citizens, during the WWII era was justified for racial, cultural, political, legal, or economic reasons.
RH (Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, grades 11–12)
RH 11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
RH 11-12.3 Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
RH 11-12.6 Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
RH 11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
RH 11-12.8 Evaluate an author’s premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.
  1. Students will be able to evaluate various explanations for actions or events and evaluate authors’ differing point of views on the same historical event.
  2. Students will be able to integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  3. Students will be able to construct a thesis statement and write an argumentative paper that uses contextual evidence from the text to support their stance.
  1. Students will understand the events that led to the relocation of Japanese Americans into the internment camps during the World War II era.
  2. Students will understand what Fred Korematsu did in response to Executive Order 9066 and the reasons why he challenged the U.S. government in court over his treatment by authorities.
  3. Students will understand on what legal basis the verdict of Fred Korematsu v. United States was determined in 1944 and how it was appealed and overturned in 1983.
  1. "Americans in Concentration Camps" The Crisis excerpt
  2. "Document Analysis Worksheet"
  3. The Pride and the Shame Film
  4. Four Primary Source Documents: Japanese Internment
  5. "How to Write An Argumentative Paper"
  6. Japanese Relocation newsreel
  7. Korematsu v. United States Supreme Court Ruling excerpt
  8. "Motion Picture Analysis Worksheet"
  9. One Man Seeks Justice from a Nation: Korematsu v. U.S. abridged version
  10. Personal Justice Denied excerpt
  11. Transcript of Executive Order 9066 poster
  12. "Unit Plan US History Gr 11 – WWII Internment"
EPC Equal Protection Clause
Fifth Column A group of people who are accused of acting traitorously and subversively out of a secret sympathy with an enemy of their country.
Nullification of Conviction To remove and invalidate a legal conviction made in the past by a court of law.
Precedent An opinion of a federal or state court of appeals establishing a legal principle or rule that must be followed by lower courts when faced with similar legal issues.
Pro Bono Denoting work undertaken for the public good without charge, especially legal work for a client with a low income.
Writ of Error “coram nobis” Legal proceeding in which the courts are compelled to correct “fundamental error,” or “manifest injustice” in their own processes, which are discovered after a person has been convicted and released from prison.
Vacated Decision Canceling or rescinding of court judgment.

Curriculum Developers:
Kevin Armenta, Pat Kwoh

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