Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are designed to take one to three class periods and use constructive pedagogies and hands-on activities that ask students to synthesize a mix of primary sources, exhibit text, oral histories and other historical information. Lesson plans include instructions, materials, and optional extensions to connect the lessons to other subject areas (world history, Asian American Studies) or deepen students’ critical thinking.

Justice for Filipino World War II Veterans mural

Lesson Plans

1. Teaching with Duty to Country
This resource guide overviews the mix of  interviews, primary sources, animations and illustrations, videos and profile cards found on the Duty to Country website and in the Under One Flag exhibit and includes suggestions for how to teach with them.

2. Confronting U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines
Students review six primary sources to learn how U.S. presence shaped life in the Philippines during the colonial period, then create an illustration to synthesize what they learned.

3. Filling in the Picture: World War II in the Philippines
Students use the online exhibit and illustrations to trace the course of World War II in the Philippines, then look for a primary source that “fills in the picture.”

4. Putting the Rescission Act on Trial
Students prepare for and conduct a mock trial of the 1946 Rescission Act by reviewing up to 14 primary sources to find evidence; can be adapted to create a DBQ.

5. You Decide: Filipino Veterans’ Long Fight for Justice
Students read scenarios and debate what to do at each of five key turning points in the long civil rights movement for Filipino veterans’ benefits and recognition.