Free Online Curriculum for High School & College Students

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The curriculum will be a free online resource available to educators for high school and college students. Curriculum consists of six easy-to-use lessons with readings, videos and assignments to examine key themes from Secretary Norman Mineta’s life and career: immigration, civil liberties & equity, civic engagement, justice & reconciliation, leadership, and U.S.–Japan relations.

Currently in development at the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) at Stanford University. Curriculum meets Common Core and national standards for history, social studies, civics and government courses and topics are brought to life and connected to students’ own lives through lesson plans, primary source documents, interactive classroom activities, and custom-created video vignettes showcasing a diverse range of American voices—from high school youth to former U.S. Presidents.

Each module provide different perspectives for students to answer the curriculum’s central question: What does it mean to be an American?



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Explore the history of immigration to the U.S., challenges and opportunities immigrants encounter, and how immigration has contributed to the evolution of the U.S.

Photo credit: Internet Archive Book Images

Civil Liberties & Equity

What is the meaning and value of civil liberties? What is the meaning of civil rights? Examine the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and parallels to contemporary issues.

Photo credit: NARA

Civic Engagement

Examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy and why community empowerment and civic engagement are important.

Photo credit: Courtesy of U.S. Army

Justice & Reconciliation

Examine the meaning of justice, the roles that justice and reconciliation play in society, and various historical and modern-day movements for social justice.

Photo credit: Densho


Through self-reflection and discussion, explore and refine ideas about effective leadership and how to foster these qualities in yourself and others.

Photo credit: Library of Congress

U.S.-Japan Relations

Investigate the history between the United States and Japan and probe key issues in contemporary U.S.–Japan relations.