Rights and Responsibilities: Securing the Blessings of Liberty
Author: G. Salvador Gutierrez
Suggested Grade Level(s): 5
Suggested Subject Area(s): Social Studies, English Language Arts and Reading
Number of Class Periods Required: 5 class periods (45 minutes per period), plus approximately 3 additional weeks of research time in the library and/or computer lab
Does the U.S. Constitution, which sets out to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” protect all Americans?
This unit allows students to hone their research, writing, presentation, and technological skills while working in groups to tell a chapter of history that is little known and not necessarily covered in the fifth-grade Social Studies curriculum. To build students’ knowledge, several lessons contain primary sources, and it is recommended that children’s books be read aloud to the class.
The research generated by the small groups will ultimately be incorporated into a class PowerPoint presentation. This presentation will be assessed by the class as a whole, thus making students accountable to themselves, their small groups, and eventually the entire class.
Resources and References
- Terminology and the Japanese American Experience (48 KB)
- Map of Japanese American Confinement Sites in the United States During World War II (1 MB)
- Media related to the Project’s Curricular Units
- “Japanese Americans in the Interior West: A Regional Perspective on the Enduring Nikkei Historical Experience in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah (and Beyond)” Essay and Timeline (968 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in Arizona: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (108 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in Colorado: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (80 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in New Mexico: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (84 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in Texas: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (84 KB)
- “Japanese Americans in Utah: An Overview” Essay and Timeline (88 KB)
- Selected Bibliography (124 KB)
- Acknowledgements (84 KB)