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Japanese Relocation/Internment Offline Lesson Plan
An offline lesson examining the Japanese Internment 

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Civilian Exclusion Order No. 53

Description of Santa Anita Assembly Center

Problems of "L" Family

Relocating Japanese-American Evacuees

Student Response Sheet

Text of Executive Order No. 9066

Excerpts from reports sent from relocation centers show problems in the implementation of the Executive Order No. 9066. Students will examine the order and discuss how the order would affect their families.


  • Determine how executive orders affected individuals and families of mixed parentage.
  • Relate evacuation to own life experiences

Student Task:

After reading a civilian exclusion order, students will discuss: how that order would affect their family if it pertained to them; mixed marriages and where the children should go; life in relocation camps.

Time Required: Two 45 minute class periods

Grade Level: 4, 11

Lesson Connections and Standards References:
California Department of Education

  • History—Social Science Standards:

  • Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills
    Kindergarten through Grade Five

    Chronological and Spatial Thinking

    3, 4 Research, Evidence, and Point of View 2 Historical Interpretation 1, 2, 4

Subject Areas: History-Social Science, Technology

Resources Used: Social Welfare - War Services Reports 1942-1945

Materials and Preparation: Download and print:

Exclusion Order #53, pages 3 and 4
Student Response Sheet
Problems of "L" Family (1 copy)
Description of Santa Anita Assembly Center


  1. Students read Exclusion Order #53, paying special attention to what property they can bring with them.
  2. Students fill out Student Response Sheet, listing what they would take with them and what they would miss the most.
  3. Students share the responses from their sheets in small groups or in large class discussion.
  4. Teacher reads description of the Problems of "L" Family. (Read the first and second paragraph) Discuss with students the possible options. Read the final outcome of the situation to the students (third paragraph).
  5. Have students read the Description of Santa Anita Assembly Center. Ask them to look at the size of the room. (alternately, they could measure this size on the classroom floor to better visualize it) (a room this size this would be assigned to a whole family. Ask them to imagine their own family living in just this space.


  1. Thoroughness of preparation of Student Response Sheet.
  2. Participation in class discussion


  1. Download and print Relocating Japanese-American Evacuees Page 3 and Page 4. Ask students to read this to get an understanding of why the War Authority thought the camps needed to be established. Discuss with students.
  2. Download and print Relocating Japanese-American Evacuees Page 4, Page 5 and Page 6. Ask students to determine what problems the War Relocation Authority anticipated. Compare these with the reality of what happened if the students have already studied the Japanese Relocation.
  3. Have students take the role of a child whose father has not had to come to the relocation camp. Have the students write a letter to their father describing the camp and their reaction to it.
  4. Have students make a scale drawing of an 8’x20’ room. Have them put furnishings drawn to scale for their own family(beds, closets, chests, etc.) in the drawing.
  5. Have students pretend their best friend had to go to the internment camp. Ask them to write a letter to that friend.

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