Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: Life in Japanese Internment Camps

Life in Japanese Internment Camps

Bill Shishima, docent at the Japanese American National Museum, discussed his experiences at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming during World War II.

Description

Bill Shishima, docent at the Japanese American National Museum, discussed his experiences at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming during World War II.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Describe the locations of the Japanese internment camps during World War II.
  • What buildings were in the camps? What were their purposes?
  • How did life in the internment camps impact family unity?
  • Explain the amount of individual privacy at the camp.
  • What was life like for families in the barracks?
  • How did weather and climate affect the residents of the camp?
  • Based on this description, what challenges did Japanese Americans face in these camps?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Barrack
    • Dinner Gong
    • Heart Mountain Relocation Center
    • Incarcerated
    • Insulation
    • Japanese Internment
    • Latrine
    • Mess Hall
    • Partition

    Topics

    U.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh School