I used Remembering Pearl Harbor from Xpeditions with my 8th reading students upon completion of reading Farewell to Manzanar. They were captivated, and asked for more time to explore, which I will give them. Every one of them was on the site, engaged, and interested for over 20 minutes as they explored on their own on laptops. I put the link on my wiki so they can go and explore the site on their own time as well.
Here's the link: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/
Wow—I had never seen that all the way through. I can see where it would be riveting: the "radio" voice-over, eerie music, amazing animation/illustration depicting each critical event.
An interesting follow-up to that activity might be A More Perfect Union. Someone suggested it to me and I was blown away, in particular, by the reflections section where people can enter stories from WWII or internment. It makes it pretty amazing and real to hear the nuances of individuals' experiences.
ps. On a personal note: I traveled past the Manzanar site last year and suddenly, with the Sierra mountain range looming dark in the background, it struck me that this was 'Ansel Adams territory'! I did a little research and found that both Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams had been involved in documenting internment. Truly interesting to see history through those photographers' eyes.
I had the opportunity to participate in last spring's annual Pilgrimage to Manzanar, an experience I will remember for a long time to come!
I've also had the good fortune to team with educator and community actitivist Marielle Tsukamoto (daughter of Mary Tsukamoto, the driving force behind the Smithsonian's More Perfect Union exhibit). For the past five years, we have been interviewing and recording the oral histories from former internees and resisters from the Elk Grove area (south of Sacramento, California). You can find the interview video segments and accompanying resources at http://www.egusd.net/tor.
I think these first-hand accounts will provide you and your students with an amazing window into what it was like to experience discrimination, exclusion, and forced removal from the West Coast during the war years.
We're working this week on 5 more interviews, plus a documentary from the Manzanar pilgrimage. I should have those posted, along with some outstanding new lessons before the start of the New Year.
Thanks for the http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/ link. I'll add this to the Time of Remembrance list of resources.