Lesson Plans

Model Minority Myth: Can stereotypes ever be good?

Explore the model minority stereotype, and discover how it became a label for Asian Americans and is used to enforce racial hierarchies.

“Other”: A Brief History of American Xenophobia

A short film and learning activities to help students engage with the history of xenophobia and racism in our country.

The Aki Kurose Story

Short film and curriculum teaching Japanese American incarceration history through one woman’s story. Produced by TED-Ed with Densho.

Campu Education Hub

Lesson plans and discussion prompts for teaching the Campu podcast.

Women walking on Terminal Island. Image by Molly Murakami

Tide Goes Out Lesson Plan

Lesson plan and discussion questions to help you bring Molly Murakami's graphic novel, Tide Goes Out, to your classroom or community group.

BrainPOP: Japanese American Incarceration

Short video and lesson plan recommended for elementary students.

Other Resources

Books, Films, and Media Guide

Directory of books, media, and curriculum about WWII incarceration.

Collections & Research

Primary sources and encyclopedia articles to integrate into your lesson plans or research assignments.

Introduction to WWII Incarceration

A series of short videos introducing viewers to the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII.


For decades, euphemisms have been used to diminish the reality of WWII incarceration. Learn terminology that more accurately describes what happened to Japanese Americans.