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Lesson Plan- 4th Grade Lesson on Japanese Americans in California and WW2

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Lesson Plan- 4th Grade Lesson on Japanese Americans in California and WW2


Overarching Standard:HSS-4.4 Students explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power, tracing the transformation of the California economy and its political and cultural development since the 1850s.
Discuss the effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and World War II on California. Lesson 1 (1 day)Inclusion Activity: Students will watch a short video about the attack on Pearl Harbor. How would the attack on Pearl Harbor affect Japanese Americans? How would the attack affect the relationship between American and Japan?Assignment: Read a passage about the attack on Pearl Harbor and answer comprehension questions. Lesson 2 (1 day)Inclusion Activity: Students will conduct a close read of the following print-out with annotations. images will be printed in color and displayed for a gallery walk after the close read.Discussion: Why did Japanese Americans have to relocate to interment camps? Was the decision based on facts or fear?Assignment: Write a journal entry about the treatment of Japanese Americans during WW2 in California. Lesson 3 (2-3 days for group project)Inclusion Activity: Students will study select photographs of Japanese Internment at Manzanar from Ansel Adam's photo series: class discussion: How did Japanese American prisoners support the American war effort? How did they create a community while being treated poorly?Small Group Research Assignment: Using photographs of traditional Japanese activities/gardens and the Manzanar Activities/Garden, create a presentation on the types of features seen in traditional Japanese culture and in Manzanar during internment.Early finisher Assignment: Read with a Partner about the end of WW2 and the use of Nuclear weapons on Japan. Answer the questions that go along with the passage.