Discover an engaging and comprehensive lesson plan for high school teachers on the treatment of Japanese Canadians during WWII. This lesson plan offers a wide range of benefits for your students. It helps them develop a deeper understanding of the prejudices and discrimination faced by Japanese Canadians during this period.
The PowerPoint presentation provides a detailed overview of the critical topics, including creating internment camps, living conditions, selling property and goods, deportation and repatriation, compensation, and the political reasons behind the racist attitudes. The presentation features engaging visuals and multimedia components to keep students engaged and enhance their understanding of the topic.
To encourage critical thinking and analysis, the lesson plan also includes a source analysis activity based on a notice in a poster about Orders Nos 21, 22, 23, and 24 of the British Columbia Security Commission. This activity allows students to analyse the language used in the poster and the implications of the orders issued.
The lesson plan also includes a short film that provides a more immersive understanding of the experiences of Japanese Canadians during this period. Students can also choose to participate in a letter-writing activity expressing their opinion on the treatment of Japanese Canadians during WW2 or an art project exploring discrimination, prejudice, and resilience that the Japanese Canadians experienced. These activities allow students to relate historical events to their lives and experiences.
Using this lesson plan in your classroom can help your students develop a deeper understanding of the historical events that shaped Canada’s treatment of minority groups during WWII. Students will develop critical thinking and analysis skills while gaining a greater appreciation for the importance of diversity and inclusion.
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