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“The loneliest days of my life were those WWII years...In those lonely years, my greatest friend and supporter was my high school civics teacher. He corresponded with me throughout the war.”

-Walter Tanaka

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The following resources are recommended primarily for middle school and high school levels. Educators from elementary schools and community colleges however may find the materials useful in developing curriculum for subjects such as Social Studies, World Studies, Asian American History, U.S. Government/Constitution, and Race and Ethnicity.

 Teacher’s Guide to Uncommon Courage
© 2003 by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University and the National Japanese American Historical Society.
 Civil Rights and Japanese-American Internment (especially MIS veteran Roy Uyehata’s story)
© 2000 by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University

SPICE materials are available for purchase through the SPICE web site (http://spice.standford.edu).

Classroom Activities

The following activities have been excerpted from the Teacher’s Guide to Uncommon Courage. Though it is recommended that the guide be used in its entirety in teaching students about MIS history and activities, the following lessons in particular help students understand the complexity of issues surrounding citizenship and loyalty, personal rights and freedom, and bridge cultural differences and understanding.

The materials should be used only after students have watched the entire video "Uncommon Courage" and have had in-class discussions about relevant topics. The video is available for sale through the NJAHS web site.

Note: You will need Acrobat Reader 5.0 or later to view and print the following materials.

 The Question of Loyalty (Film Quotes Activity #2): Download activity
 Proving Their Patriotism (Film Quotes Activity #4): Download activity
 Knowledge of Japanese Culture (Film Quotes Activity #9): Download activity

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