Learning Center

Densho provides free multidisciplinary lessons that introduce students to questions of civil liberties in relation to the life experiences of Japanese Americans. The online units available here feature a variety of printable lessons that meet curriculum goals correlated to standards in several subjects.

Teaching WWII Japanese American Incarceration with Primary Sources


This free online course will give you the historical background, primary source materials, and instructional strategies you need to teach the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans in the secondary school classroom.

Sites of Shame


The Sites of Shame website explores the national network of detention facilities through an interactive map, timeline, and site locator. The personal impact of these sites is told through the voices of a family as they remember this difficult time in their lives.

In the Shadow of my Country


Acclaimed artist Roger Shimomura, who was held at Minidoka, Idaho, as a three year old, pairs his grandmother’s journals with his own sharply ironic paintings in this powerful virtual exhibition. The exhibit is paired with a curriculum suitable for upper elementary and secondary school students (grades 5-12).

Newspapers in Education


An interactive flipbook of the educational supplement that was published by the Seattle Times as part of their Newspapers in Education program on April 12, 2015, as well educational and bibliographic materials.

Civil Liberties Curriculum


The lesson plans offered here help teachers lead students to examine critical issues affecting our democracy in both the past and present: individual rights in wartime, the role news media and other sources of information play, and the protections promised by the U.S. Constitution and our system of government.

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  • Remembering Masaji Inoshita, veteran of the MIS, who educated Arizonans abt WWII incarceration http://t.co/kBpmdndg87 @kjzzphoenix
  • Uncovering the Buried History of a Japanese American Concentration Camp @manzanarcomm @KQED http://t.co/qlmKc5Kh2F
  • Our new Japanese language site is live! Pls share w Japanese speakers wanting to learn abt Japanese American history http://t.co/FS4wMBMs6W
  • 100年以上前の集団移民から、第二次世界大戦を経て現代に至る迄、 日系アメリカ人の歴史をもっと知ろう!Densho の日本語資料ウェブサイトは、豊富な画像と動画で日系人の足跡をたどります。http://t.co/UMQFsWozgB
  • Japanese Americans Respond to General Wesley Clark’s Calls to Resurrect Incarceration Camps http://t.co/Gc0NUNiNak