The Date That Lives in Infamy:
Pearl Harbor Lesson Plans

Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, we all have been drawn to examine similar events in our past. The lesson plans provided for you will help you and your students to understand what happened on December 7, 1941.

Beginning with the first American treaty with Japan in 1854 though the attacks in 1941, students will use primary sources to synthesize information and draw conclusions about the role of the U.S. Navy in foreign policy and to understand how people in 1941 reacted to the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor.

These lesson plans are geared towards upper middle and high school students. You may download and reproduce everything available. We encourage you to use these lesson plans as pre-museum visit materials.

  1. Permanent Friends: The Treaty of Kanagawa
  2. This is Not a Drill
  3. The Aftermath
  4. A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Other resources are available in the NHHC's Frequently Asked Question on Pearl Harbor.