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Was the United States Justified in Dropping the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
As the culminating activity in a unit study of World War II, class members prepare for and engage in a Socratic seminar that considers whether the United States was justified in dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Carefully scaffolded activities model for learners how to analyze an argument, how to collect evidence, and how to prepare for a Socratic seminar.
6th - 11th Language Arts 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Designed
Beware of the Dog - Crossing Borders
Roald Dahl’s classic World War II short story, “Beware of the Dog” is the focus of a close reading exercise that asks learners to respond to text-dependent questions with evidence drawn from the story. Participants record responses on the provided evidence chart and use these notes for the culminating analytic essay.
9th - 11th Language Arts 36 Views 30 Downloads CCSS: Designed
World War II
What's great about this summary of World War II is that in addition to reviewing pivotal events and players, the narrator describes the war's connection to countries beyond the core Axis and Allies. It also emphasizes causes behind Germany's military expansion and the war's overall impact on the civilian population.
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
African Americans in World War II: Staging a Double V Campaign in the Classroom
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 127 Downloads
Basil Heatter, "The Long Night of the Little Boats" - Grade 8
“It was a miracle.” Basil Heatter’s “The Long Night of the Little Boats,” which details the miraculous rescue of the British army from the shores of Dunkirk in 1940, is featured in a series of exercises that ask class members to read, reread, paraphrase, and discuss the text before crafting an essay about the piece.
7th - 9th Language Arts 107 Views 103 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Navajo Code Talkers
What a fascinating topic to explore with your class! This lesson focuses on the contributions of the Navajo people during World War II. Learners read the book Navajo Code Talkers by Andrew Santella, answer a series of comprehension questions about the text, and write a letter as a follow-up activity.
4th - 8th Language Arts 32 Views 164 Downloads
Learning From World War II and Connecting It to the Present
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.
8th - 12th Language Arts 16 Views 233 Downloads
Firestorms: The Bombing of Civilians in World War II
Students examine the implication of civilian targets in war. In this World War II lesson plan, 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.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 11 Views 55 Downloads
New Review Reemergence of the “Vanishing Americans” ‐ Native Americans and World War II
Discover the many contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans during World War II. After gaining background information through a detailed PowerPoint presentation and guided notes, your young historians will participate in a jigsaw reading activity on such topics as Navajo code talkers and discrimination against Native Americans during the war.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Films About World War II
Ninth graders focus on how filmmakers have changed their view of the Second World War. They create portfolios or their own documentary to investigate the various screen interpretations of the wartime era and explain different points of view on the same historical event.
9th Social Studies & History 5 Views 24 Downloads
World War Two : Europe and North Africa 1939 - 1945 Map
With over 12 million people slaughtered, both military and civilian, World War II is our most destructive war to date. This shows the occupation of both the Allied and Axis troops throughout Europe and even into Northern Africa. While the visual representation is done very nicely, the narrator runs through dates quite quickly.
6 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
The Battle of the Bulge
High schoolers research the events and results of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. As a class, they discuss the role of the military in the entire European theater and write a paper describing the situations and conditions the soliders faced.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 11 Views 60 Downloads
The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Take an in-depth look at the historical events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in this 69-slide PowerPoint. Photos, facts, and transcripts are outlined in this presentation in order to answer the stated essential question in slide 2: "What were Harry Truman's motivations for using the Atomic Bomb against Japan in World War II?
9th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 61 Views 210 Downloads
Lessons from the Holocaust
This lesson plan includes an excellent informational text with background information on the Holocaust, as well as worksheets, book report guidelines, and discussion questions on Lois Lowry's Number the Stars. There is also an extension lesson relating the atrocity of the Holocaust to the modern conflict in Africa between the Sudanese government and African tribes.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History 114 Views 100 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Letters From the Front Lines
Students read a variety of letters from soliders who were on the front lines during World War II. After viewing an excerpt from "The War", they answer discussion and comprehension questions based on the letters and video. To end the lesson, they pretend they are a solider during the war and write a letter home to their families.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 33 Downloads
The Brief American Pageant: American in World War II
From the home front to the middle of Europe, America's presence in World War II was forever transitioning with the strain of war. The variety of maps and charts offered in this presentation helps to contextualize the 1940's. The amount of information on each of the eight slides allows instructors to develop a full, rich discussion around each image.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 7 Views 27 Downloads
World War II: A Compartive Study through Literature
Young scholars 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.
11th - 12th Language Arts 10 Views 51 Downloads
New Review The Rise of Totalitarianism, the Start of World War II and the US Response
How did totalitarian regimes, in places like Russia, Italy, Germany, and Japan, come to power after World War I? Your young historians will participate in a jigsaw activity and then analyze the response of the United States to the rise of these regimes by debating as either isolationists or interventionists.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 27 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable