Students analyze oral history interviews recorded shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor to investigate the perceptions of different groups of Americans and determine if this was an event that ultimately brought many Americans together. After students will look into a current issue where people may have perspectives that are being overlooked, conducting and sharing oral history interviews.
Students analyze a map to gain background knowledge of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) perspectives and experiences and read an historical newspaper article to launch further investigation into ways that AAPI individuals and organizations engaged as civic actors in U.S. history. Next, students consider how art and literature provide windows, mirrors, and sliding doors to AAPI perspectives and experiences. After, students create a digital artifact that reveals how a contemporary AAPI person is engaging civically and contributing to U.S. culture.
Students explore historical and contemporary issues presented in political cartoons and consider why it is important to consider different perspectives when investigating issues.