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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.
Hone inquiry skills and help your high schoolers discover details about the sacrifices of men and women during World War II. They read The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, interview veterans, and create PowerPoint presentations featuring their findings. Then, connect the lesson back to today: what sacrifices are we currently making for today's wars?
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 instructional activity are readily available on the Internet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.