Teacher Resources

Curriculum & Lesson Plans

A Lesson in American History: The Japanese American Experience (PDF)

Curriculum and resource guide developed by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) with a concise, in-depth Historical Overview and dozens of classroom lesson plans for Elementary through High School age students.

Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 (PDF)

A series of lesson plans developed by the Japanese American National Museum to accompany their current exhibition. The lesson plans share common themes with Then They Came For Me, and both exhibitions encourage students “to contemplate the lessons of the past and how they continue to be relevant to the struggle for social justice today.”

Online Resources

Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

Densho’s digital collections are the most extensive free online resources available on the subject of Japanese American incarceration during WWII. Highlights for educators include a search-enabled Encyclopedia and online Learning Center. Take the free online course to learn a variety of primary source-based strategies for teaching this content in the classroom.

National Archives File of the War Relocation Authority (WRA)

Nearly all of the 3,960 photographs taken by WRA-hired photographers, such as Dorothea Lange and Clem Albers, may be viewed in the National Archives online collection.