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“The Gambler” and “The Journey” offer readers an opportunity to experience two very different views of Jewish life in Poland between WWI and WWII. Whether used as a part of a study of the Holocaust, or as a compare/contrast exercise, the stories, discussion questions, vocabulary lists, biographical information and activities make for a powerful learning experience.
As World War II dawned, Jewish populations in Poland, Romania, and Hungary were at a social split among themselves. They were also already being targeted by Hitler's Fascist regimes. Share information about the cultural, religious, and political differences between various Jewish demographic groups residing in Eastern Europe just prior to WWII.
Students discover the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II. In this world history lesson, students research selected websites about the history of Poland, the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II, and the responsibities of the pope. Students use their research findings to create timelines.
Centered on the short story "The Tenth Man" by Polish Holocaust survivor Ida Fink, here is a solid one-day resource to support study of World War II or Nazi history, short stories, or to complement any ELA unit on The Diary of Anne Frank or Elie Weisel's Night. Text of the story, discussion questions, and a pair of survivor testimonials are included: handy for incorporating primary documents. From the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, which also has lots of useful videos and other resources you could use in the classroom or assign to learners for research.
WWII didn't just start; like chess all the pieces had to be in place before the war could begin. The presentation is like a simple step-ladder explaining what happened prior to the beginning of WWII in 1939. It starts in 1931 with the Rape of Nanking, moves to the rise of Hitler as Fuhrer, and finishes of with British armament and the 1939 crushing of Poland. A simple but effect tool.
Students explore the ways in which the USSR, the United States, and Britain differed on the future of Germany. They understand why and how the United States attempted to preserve the Grand Alliance as American diplomats addressed European issues. Students utilize excelent websites and documents imbedded in this plan.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students begin by unscrambling five nationalities. Next, students read a passage and identify countries that match the nationalities provided. Five missing sentences must be placed in the correct location in the given passage. Lastly, students complete a table of countries, nationality adjectives, and each country's language.
Students examine World War II through the use of literature. As a class, they brainstorm a list of words they relate to the war itself. In groups, they read various novels and view photographs showing the experiences of the Jews, British, Japanese and Germans throughout the war. They compare and contrast the various experiences to end the activity.
High schoolers examine the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In this NATO lesson, students research the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, and the Berlin airlift and how they related to the policy of containment. High schoolers share their findings and complete a worksheet that requires them to label NATO countries and respond to questions about NATO's function.
Learners explore the main elements of the book Passage to Freedom. In this reading response lesson, students participate in pre-reading activities that focus on the idea of courage. Learners conduct a book walk-through and are introduced to several vocabulary words from the text. Students read the text and answer 11 post-reading questions. Suggested writing activities are given.
Take your class through the period between World War I and World War II. Covering various treaties and pacts between America and its neighbors - namely, Japan, Germany, and the Soviet Union- these slides could inspire some political discussions about America's reluctance to enter WWII until absolutely necessary. Some minor picture resizing could make the slides easier to read.