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Japanese-Americans transferring from train to bus

[Detail] Japanese-Americans transferring from train to bus

Lesson Overview

What was the World War II experience like for the thousands of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast? The activities in this lesson are designed to provide a window into the war years. Using primary sources, students will explore a period in United States history when 120,000 Japanese Americans were evacuated from the West Coast and held in internment camps.


Students will be able to:

  • evaluate documents and photographs from the American Memory collections.
  • explain how major events are related to each other in time.
  • recognize point of view in print and visual materials.
  • draw upon primary sources to create a presentation reflective of the Japanese American internment experience.


Time Required

1-2 weeks

Recommended Grade Level

  • 5-8




Gail Desler