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Lesson 4: "Camp Boys"

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LESSON 4: “CAMP BOYS”
Through internee testimony, students learn about the conditions of internment in Canada, and explore a variety of primary sources.
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IMPLEMENTATION INFORMATION

TIME REQUIRED

Teachers should budget 20 - 50 minutes for each activity in the “Enemy Aliens” lesson guide, depending on available class time. Activities typically require 10-15 minutes of background reading or viewing, followed by a 10-40 minute reflective activity.

TEACHER PREPARATION

Make copies of “Reading: Internment in Canada”. Distribute the readings to students at the beginning of the lesson, or assign as homework.

Reproduce copies of “Document: Map” and selected documents from “Dossier: Education”, “Dossier: Writing”, “Dossier: Arts” and “Dossier: Religion”, and distribute to groups of students (class should be divided into a minimum of 4 groups). Alternatively distribute in digital form.
THE CAMP SYSTEM
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GROUP ACTIVITY: RESPONSES TO INTERNMENT
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CLASS DISCUSSION: MORALE
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EXTENSION: BASEBALL & THE INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE CANADIANS
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Learning Objectives

Establish Historical Significance

Students reflect on the significance of a variety of cultural responses to internment – writing, art, learning and religious observance – and what these reveal about the period.

Use Primary Source Evidence

Students consider what eyewitness testimony revealed about the conditions of Canadian internment camps, and about the varied responses of the internees to internment.

Take Historical Perspective

Students consider how internees with an uncertain future viewed their internment, and the broader context of war.