Korematsu v. United States (1944) -iCivics

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From iCivics’ Landmark Library

After a brief reading, students use a word bank to complete President Reagan’s apology to Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II. This activity is designed for upper elementary and middle school students, but English Learners at the high school level may find it useful as well.

Students will:

  • Describe the American government’s decision to inter people of Japanese descent during World War II
  • Identify the 5th Amendment right to due process at issue in the case.
  • Identify the main arguments put forth in the case.
  • Describe the Supreme Court’s decision and analysis.
  • Identify the impact of the Court’s decision and ways the issue has re-emerged in modern times.
  • Describe President Ronald Reagan’s national apology to those who were interred.

“This library of mini-lessons targets a variety of landmark cases from the United States Supreme Court. Each mini-lesson includes a one-page reading and a one-page activity, and is appropriate for a variety of uses. Unlike the iCivics lesson plans, these mini-lessons are designed for students to complete independently without the need for teacher direction. However, they also make great teacher-directed lessons or even class conversation-starters, and multiple mini-lessons can be combined to make a longer lesson.”

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