Defining Moments

Frank Murphy, Fred Korematsu, and the Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II

Lessons from the past for a post-9/11 world: Internment of Japanese Americans

Michigan Government Television presents a package of curriculum materials dealing with the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.  The program covers the U.S. Supreme Court case of Korematsu v. U.S. Government with the issenting opinion in that case by Michigan’s 35th governor, Frank Murphy, who was a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The materials target standards and benchmarks in the Michigan Curriculum Framework in government, history, and technology.  The program was launched in 2003 and updates to standards and benchmarks were added in 2007.

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Table of Contents

Defining Moments Table of Contents

Lesson Plans

Unit Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan Extension Activities

Lesson 1 Problem Framing

Lesson 2 Analyzing Data

Lesson 3 Decision Making

Lesson 4 Biographical Comparison

Lesson 5 Personal Decisison Making

Lesson 6 Yellow Peril

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