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Early U. S. Involvement in World War II
Ninth graders examine how the U. S. was aided by the Allies in World War II before the U. S. declared war. They analyze the evolution of U. S. foreign policy from the beginning of WW II through U. S. Declaration of War
To Serve or Not to Serve : Japanese-Americans in the American Military During World War II
"To serve or not to serve?" That is the question facing participants in a debate about whether Japanese-Americans should have been required or allowed, to serve in the military during World War II. Beautifully crafted, the packet contains primary and secondary source materials that can be used to support either side of the question, details of the debate format, and a final writing assessment.
World War II: Causes And Consequences
Students discuss the U.S. economy, society, and politics in the years following World War II. They explore the boom in advertising during this period by reviewing print advertisements from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Students view a viedo,World War II: Causes and Consequences. They discuss the role of advertising during this era.
World War II
Students are asked what they recall about World War II. They are explained that they are going to find out about the role of women during World War II. Students have the option of researching daily life of women in either Germany, Britain, or the United States. They may work alone or with a partner.
Firestorms: The Bombing of Civilians in World War II
Young scholars examine the implication of civilian targets in war. In this World War II lesson, students investigate the history of bombing practices in war. Young scholars zero in on World War II bombing practices as they discuss precision and area bombing as well as atomic bombs. Students participate in a classroom activity that requires them to role play nations in attendance at a new Hague Convention.
Women's Roles in Post World War II
Students discuss the role of women before, during, and after World War II. In this equality lesson, students plan how to make the workforce more equal among men and women after World War II. They research World War II and its effects on American people.
Who Was More American: Japanese-Americans Who Dissented Against Internment or Those that Supported the War Effort?
Was the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II constitutional? Who was more American: Japanese-Americans who dissented against the internment or those who supported the war effort? Class members do a close reading of primary and secondary source materials to prepare for a Socratic seminar on these questions. The packet includes a rich assortment of primary and secondary source documents.
Life in Korea During World War II: When My Name Was Keoko
Twelfth graders review facts about roles of Asia and Japan in World War II, read When My Name Was Keoko to familiarize themselves with daily life and historic events during World War II in Korea, and participate in student-led discussions on various themes following each chapter read.
Learning From World War II and Connecting It to the Present
Compare and contrast World War II to the Iraqi war with this instructional activity. After watching a film, they use supporting evidence to support their point of view of the conflicts. Using the internet, they create a presentation to share with the class what information they have gathered from examining World War II.
The Effects of World War II on the Homefront
Seventh graders discover what the war on the homefront looked like. In this World War II lesson, 7th graders analyze World War II posters to determine how the public was involved in the war effort during World War II. Students discuss their impressions.
Assignment Discovery Lesson Plan World War II
Learners examine primary and secondary documents about life on the homefront during World War II. In this World War II lesson, students research the conditions of daily life in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany during the war. Learners write fictional pieces from the perspectives of citizens during the war.
World War II and the USO
Eleventh graders use the internet to read primary source documents from the World War II era. In groups, they research the role of the USO during this time period and watch a recent film. They role play different roles in the USO and write journal entries from the point of view of someone who worked in the USO itself. To end the instructional activity, they develop proper interview questions to ask someone who did this work and share their responses with the class.
Evacuation: The Japanese Americans in World War II
Students examine Japanese internment camps of World War II. In this World War II lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to research the evacuation process and life within the internment camps. Students discuss the racial bias of the act.
American Biography: Langston Hughes, Life in a Box, Reconstruction to World War II, Pathfinder
Sixth graders examine the lives of Americans who served their communities. For this Reconstruction to World War II lesson, 6th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to explore the life of Langston Hughes. Students share the accomplishments of other Americans who contributed to their communities. Links are provided to Library of Congress primary sources as well as other files and documents.
Feed a Fighter
Many have heard of Rosie, the Riveter, the representation of the many American women who replaced male factory workers during World War II. Lesser known, but equally important, were other civilian programs created to support the war effort. To investigate one of these programs, class members examine primary and secondary sources concerning the 4-H Victory Garden Program. To conclude the study, individuals identify a need in their community, design an action plan, and log five hours of community service to address this need. Scripted directions and links to all documents are included in the packet.
Life on a North Carolina Military Base in Wartime
Investigators use a “Says/Means” chart to analyze and draw inferences from quotes taken directly from newspaper articles detailing life on an active military base in Greensboro, North Carolina during World War II. Individuals then use a writing organizer to craft a narrative about a personal experience that parallels an event in the articles. Links to the Basic Training Camp No. 10 newspaper are included, as are templates for the worksheets. Although part of a series of lessons about the history of North Carolina, the approaches detailed by the resource could be used independently.
World War II: Causes and Consequences
Tenth graders examine Hitler's occupation of Europe and the Allies' efforts to fight it. In this World War II lesson, 10th graders examine how World War II changed American society, especially for women. Students analyze a print ad from the period and compare it to an ad for a similar product today.
Lead Up to World War II
Twelfth graders examine Hitler's rise to power leading up to World War II. and how the Treaty of Versailles contributed to Hitler's rise to power in Germany. They identify the important countries involved in the beginning of World War II.
North Platte Canteen and World War II
Students employ primary resources to investigate the rise and decline of a canteen in World War II. The significance of volunteerism and the use of the railroad for troop transportation are examined.
AMERICAN INVOLVEMENT IN WORLD WAR II: THE PACIFIC THEATER 1941-1945
Tenth graders describe roles of key figures in the Pacific Theater of war during World War II. In this American History lesson, 10th graders research key events of the Pacific Theater of War during World War II. Students analyze primary source documents from World War II.