Learning Center

Densho provides free multidisciplinary lessons that introduce students to questions of civil liberties in relation to the life experiences of Japanese Americans. The online units available here feature a variety of printable lessons that meet curriculum goals correlated to standards in several subjects.

Teaching WWII Japanese American Incarceration with Primary Sources

This free online course will give you the historical background, primary source materials, and instructional strategies you need to teach the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans in the secondary school classroom.

Examining Racism and Discrimination

This curriculum centers on stories of discrimination as told by Japanese American, Black, and Muslim individuals. Their stories are framed within larger historical and contemporary contexts in order to show how structural racism impacts individual lives. It is designed for middle and high school classrooms; learning activities are aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Sites of Shame

The Sites of Shame website explores the national network of detention facilities through an interactive map, timeline, and site locator. The personal impact of these sites is told through the voices of a family as they remember this difficult time in their lives.

In the Shadow of my Country

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Acclaimed artist Roger Shimomura, who was held at Minidoka, Idaho, as a three year old, pairs his grandmother’s journals with his own sharply ironic paintings in this powerful virtual exhibition. The exhibit is paired with a curriculum suitable for upper elementary and secondary school students (grades 5-12).

Newspapers in Education

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An interactive flipbook of the educational supplement that was published by the Seattle Times as part of their Newspapers in Education program on April 12, 2015, as well educational and bibliographic materials.

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