Confinement Site Exhibit Curriculum Guide
World War II Incarceration

The project’s goals go to the core of our mission to educate the public, particularly students, about the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans and its implications for contemporary issues. Clearly, the same forces that were responsible for the incarceration can be stirred up anytime our country is severely stressed.

This teacher’s resource guide was created by a group of teachers, both active and retired, who have a deep and continuing interest in this civil liberties issue. Previously, many have independently designed material to cover this topic in their classes. Over many months, they have collaborated and developed grade appropriate instructional plans which not only meet California State Standards but, more importantly,engage the student before, during and after their visit to the Museum. moreover, the material has been developed so that it is easy to implement by the classroom teacher.

By design, these instructional strategies encourage active interaction. Fortunately, the features of the Museum facility itself support this type of approach. For example, the students will experience being in an exact replica of a WWII camp barracks room. The materials in this booklet will help students comprehend and emotionally connect with their experience at the museum.

Finally, a considerable amount of supplementary resource material, both primary and secondary, is included with this package so that both students and teachers can develop different and more in depth approaches to the incarceration experience and its larger historical and contemporary implications.

Steve Fugita, PH.D.
JAMsj Board of Directors


Funding for this project has been provided by a grant from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, administered by the National Park Service.