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The Lessons of Minidoka: Keeping the Incarceration of Japanese Americans Relevant for Twenty-First Century Teens
From August 1942 until October 1945, thousands of Japanese Americans were incarcerated in the Minidoka War Relocation Center, located in a remote area of southern Idaho. Help us ensure that teens understand why this seventy-year-old episode in American history remains starkly relevant today.
We are working on a series of short documentaries (ranging from 4 minutes to 60 minutes) about the experiences of those incarcerated at Minidoka – and about how their former neighbors and friends responded to their forced removal. To ensure these documentaries reach the widest audience possible, we are creating high school lesson plans to be used with them. All the materials will be available for free to teachers and the public once they are completed.
We are currently inviting high school teachers to participate in online focus groups to identify what the documentaries, lesson plans, and activities should cover. Participants will be paid $100 for their time. Please help us spread the word.
We are seeking teachers who are: Teaching (or have taught within the past three years) at least one of the following at the high school level: US History (must include 20th century or World War II); Civics; US Government; Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or Alaska State History (must include 20th century or World War II) Comfortable teaching content that include historical documents, historical images, documentary video, and/or interview transcripts. Excited about collaboration with other teachers from across the US to create engaging learning experiences for high school students Available to participate in 2 sessions for a total of 2.5 hours of virtual focus groups at the following times: Saturday, April 27th from 10-11am Pacific (1-2 pm Eastern) and Saturday, May 11th from 9:30-11am Pacific (12:30-2 pm Eastern)
Anyone interested in participating and able to commit to the dates/times above is invited to register here: https://goo.gl/forms/lB4kgxEtrdLVV6UN2
This project is being created by North Shore Productions for the nonprofit Friends of Minidoka.
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