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Did you know that there were prisoner of war camps in Louisiana? Did you know that there were Japanese relocation camps in California? Class members work in groups to research a variety of topics related to World War II and then present their findings to the class. Although the primary and secondary resources referenced are from the LOUISiana Digital Library, the necessary materials for this very detailed lesson are readily available on the Internet.
Students examine the implication of civilian targets in war. In this World War II lesson, students investigate the history of bombing practices in war. Students 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.
Compare and contrast World War II to the Iraqi war with this lesson. 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.
Explore the implications of the Japanese occupation of Korea during World War II. Learners read Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood, participate in classroom discussions about the novel and keep journals in which they respond to comprehension and higher-level questions.
Learners use a map to locate World War II's Pacific Theater. Using provided links, they research this region during the war and learn about veterans. They invite a veteran of the war to visit the class and ask them questions based on their research. They record his answers and send thank you notes to him for coming to their class.
Middle schoolers learn about Japanese-American experiences during World War II in this historical fiction lesson. After viewing websites to learn more about internment camps, middle schoolers read The Bracelet, by Yoshiko Uchida, and write text-to-text and text-to-world connections on Post-it notes during reading. They discuss the government's decision to put Japanese Americans in interment camps and share their opinions in a reflection journal.
Students investigate World War II through the computer game Axis and Allies. They discuss the basics of World War II before playing the game, spend eight weeks playing the game that is a simulation of World War II, and write a report and conduct an interview with someone who lived through WWII.
Examine the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. After reading an article from the New York Times and exploring the author's word choice, young readers find the central idea in the text and work on researching additional information. Use copies of contemporary political posters (included) to deepen your lesson.