Which Is More Important, Individual Privacy or Public Safety?

Civilian exclusion order #5


Students will analyze primary sources to learn about Japanese internment following the attack on Pearl Harbor and consider how American attitudes towards the internment have shifted over time. After, students will consider if the surveillance of American phone/internet/email records is necessary and appropriate in order to protect national security in the 21st century. Once they have chosen a particular issue and their opinions about it, students will and design a social media campaign to raise awareness in support of their view.

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Middle School


Civics, Social Studies


200-250 minutes


Japanese Internment, liberty, national security, privacy, public safety, social media, surveillance


TPS Eastern Region

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