Teaching WWII Japanese American Incarceration with Primary Sources

Tom Ikeda

Learn how to teach about the Japanese American incarceration through the examination of primary source materials. Receive a certificate, two free DVDs, and print materials after completing the course.

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About the publisher

Densho is a Japanese term meaning to pass on to the next generation, or to leave a legacy. The legacy we offer is an American story with ongoing relevance. Densho preserves the history of the World War II incarceration of more than 120,000 innocent individuals of Japanese descent. Our open access, digital offerings include a vast archive of testimonies, historic photographs, and documents, as well as an extensive encyclopedia and teaching resources. Together, these materials document a shameful chapter in American history, but also explore the principles of democracy and promote justice for all.


American History
Japanese American Incarceration
Primary Sources
Thinking Routines

About this course

Learn how to teach about the World War II Japanese American incarceration. This online course shows how to use historic photographs, documents, newspaper articles, political cartoons, films, and oral histories to closely examine the causes and impact of this historical event. You will learn how to prompt student thinking using thinking routines developed by Harvard Project Zero. The online course takes approximately 4-5 hours to complete. If your computer has cookies enabled, your progress will be saved.