Common Sense Review
Updated September 2015

Zinn Education Project: Asian American

Small collection of intriguing resources on Asian-American history
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This module is part of the Website Zinn Education Project.
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  • Free downloadable teaching activities.
  • Teaching activities include background information, handouts, and procedures.
  • Links to websites, books, and movies about Asian Americans.
Jennifer Sitkin
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Common Sense Rating 3
How Can Teachers Use It?

A solid resource for U.S. history teachers who want to emphasize the Asian-American experience in the classroom. While not required, it is useful to read A People’s History of the United States, both to understand Zinn’s approach and to fully implement some of the activities. Teachers will want to register to download the free materials and to receive updates. The collection has teaching activities and lists recommended books, movies, and websites to­­ explore the contributions and treatment of Asian Americans in the United States. The lessons on Japanese-American internment challenge students to think critically about how this time period is represented in history books and in literature. Of special note is the link to the website about the Chinese Exclusion Act. The site houses primary documents, photographs, and political cartoons about the impact and legacy of the controversial law. 

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