Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
Internment of Japanese-Americans 75 Years Later
Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt committed one of the U.S. government's greatest violations of personal freedom: an executive order forcing the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. More than 110,000 Japanese-Americans — two-thirds of them American citizens —were placed in concentration camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor ignited widespread anti-Japanese feelings and fears.
■Class discussion: Do you believe your civil rights are protected by the U.S. constitution and amendments? What happened to the rights of Japanese-Americans in World War II? Do you think any president should have the power to order U.S. citizens to be locked up without charges or a trial? Why or why not? Do you think anything could make Americans frightened enough to once again allow their fellow citizens to be locked up based on race, ethnicity or religion?