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How did the women in France feel about their country’s involvement in World War II? Class groups are assigned a country involved in WWII, and individuals within the group adopt the point of view of leaders, laborers, businessmen, women, religious leaders, or philosophers. After researching the war from these multiple perspectives, individuals write a letter to the editor from the point of view of this person, and the groups present their findings. After all groups have presented, class members compose a reflective essay about what they have learned from the experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The feelings and attitudes of African-Americans during World War II are examined by high schoolers. After watching various clips from "The War," they answer comprehension questions for each section. In groups, they create their own Double V campaign to promote equal rights. They end the lesson by comparing the African-American experience to other minorities during the war.
Students explore contributions of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II, examine portrayals of women in World War II posters and newsreels, compare and contrast them with personal recollections of the WASPs, and demonstrate understanding of importance of WASP program, which enhanced careers for women in aviation.