World War II Synthesis Essay

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Writing Prompt:What lessons can we learn from the Holocaust and the Japanese Internment Camps during World War II? Why was it important for witnesses of history to tell their stories?

Write a synthesis essay about the textual connections between the Holocaust, the Japanese Internment and their lessons for our world today. Cite at least three of the texts listed below from the World War II unit to support your ideas.

Writing Criteria:

  • Well-organized multiple-paragraph essay.
  • A clear thesis statement (main argument).
  • Textual evidence from three or more sources, with analysis (cited in MLA Format).
  • Checked for spelling/grammar/mechanics.
  • Typed in MLA Format (Times New Roman, 12 point, Double Spaced) in Google Classroom (classroom.google.com).
  • Works Cited page: easybib.combibme.org, citationmachine.net
  • Editing/Revision websites: paperrater.com, grammarly.com, hemingwayapp.com

Possible Texts:

Editing/Revision Resources:

Presentations Resources: WWII Presentation LT Criteria

Post-September 11th and the Muslim Ban:

Anti-Religious Terrorism:

U.S. Immigrant Detainment/Family Separation:

Genocides since the Holocaust:

Chinese internment camps:

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Remembering Fred Korematsu

UCRS-BannerCelebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, participate in the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Untold Civil Rights Stories Writing Contest! Submit your completed work here.  Official rules here.

Fred KorematsuEssential Questions:

  1. In times of war, how would you safeguard civil liberties while maintaining national security?
  2. What was the government’s reasoning behind the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II?
  3. How did the Japanese American community respond to the internment order?
  4. How did the September 11th attacks affect Americans’ views of Asian Americans?
  5. How should we move forward? What can we do to prevent future incidents like this?

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