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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.
"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.
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.
Middle schoolers 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Fifth graders examine primary sources to explore the events leading to World War II. For this World War II lesson, 5th graders develop questions and research answers from information found in primary documents. Students view a video clip and complete a worksheet related to World War II events.
Students are introduced to the experiences of thousands of Hispanics during World War II. After watching an excerpt from "The War", they work together in groups to research more in depth their different experiences. They compare and contrast the Hispanic experience with other minority groups during the war.
The legality of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II is the topic of an extended controversial issue discussion. After examining a series of primary and secondary source materials, teams of four, two who argue the internment was constitutional, two who argue it was not constitutional, present evidence to support their point of view. Teams are then encouraged to reach a consensus, post their position, and cite evidence to support their stance. The exercise ends with individual reflections.
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.
Students 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. Students write fictional pieces from the perspectives of citizens during the war.