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World War II: Modern History of Hawaii
Learners examine world geography by viewing a documentary film in class. In this World War II activity, students discuss the role Hawaii played in the great battle and what type conflicts happened among the island chain. Learners view a Japanese internment video and answer study questions based on the facts.
Executive Order 9981: Truman Desegregates the Armed Forces
To most modern Americans, the idea that many aspects of society were once segregated is astonishing. Explore Truman's decision to desegregate the armed forces with your high schoolers. The first two days of this three-day plan are spent reading, annotating, and clarifying four documents. On the third day, small groups discuss the material. Pupils synthesize the information by composing a letter to the editor.
Basil Heatter - "The Long Night of Little Boats"
The miracle of the rescue at Dunkirk comes alive in this five-day, integrated Language Arts/Social Studies lesson, a must-have for your curriculum library. Beautifully crafted and richly detailed, the lesson includes the reading passage, vocabulary list, close reading and discussion questions, writing prompts, graphic organizers, sample essays, and alternative assessments. Whether you use it as part of the study of World War II or as a model for close reading, this lesson has it all!
Battle of the Bulge: America Responds to a German Surprize
After reading personal accounts and watching the video entitled, European Theater during WWII, learners write a letter. They use what they know about the Battle of the Bulge, WWII warfare, and the time period to compose a letter home in the voice of a soldier on either the American or German side of the war.
Events of World War II
Ninth graders examine the main leaders and events of World War II. In small groups they analyze images of main events in WWII, listen to a lecture, and complete a fill-in-the-blank worksheet.
Political and Social Impact of World War II
Sixth graders study the life in Jewish ghettos during World War II and learn about tolerance and compassion. In this WWII lesson, 6th graders discuss Jewish ghettos but with a mistreatment of the kids with stickers to signify the Jewish experience of the time. Students complete a KWLS chart about concentration camps and read the poem "I Never Saw a Butterfly." Students watch a video about life in concentration camps.
New! 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.
Battles of World War II Quiz #2
In this World War II battles learning exercise, students complete an on-line quiz, choosing questions and matching answers. Students score 1 point for each correct answer; a printed version is available.
Firestorms: The Bombing of Civilians in World War II: War, Ethics, Guernica, Precision Bombing
Young scholars explore the history, rationale and ethics of civilian bombing in times of war. They consider war strategy, the laws and conventions of war and international implications.
Beginning of World War II
Ninth graders explore how the rise of dictators led to the start of World War II. They identify and explain the main causes for World War II and they explain the causes for the rise of dictators during the 1920's.
World War II
In this World War II learning exercise, students link to selected websites and then respond to 29 short answer questions using the information presented in the websites.
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.
Examining an Important Battle in WWII
In this military history assignment, research provides a foundation for a report on the United States' strategy for a specific battle during World War II. This resource does not include recommended sources of information or a rubric. Without any adaptations, this could be a bland assignment.
WWII: On The Homefront and Abroad
Students explore World War II from the perspective of both the sides. They research the changes that occurred on the homefront during 1942-1944. Students prepare and conduct an interview with a local veteran or spouse of a veteran focusing on individual and community support for and reaction to the major events of the war.
Making inferences about what you read is an important skill for both elementary, middle, and high school learners. Focusing on events which occurred during World War II, they answer a series of questions related to what we can infer as opposed to what we know.
Life on the American Homefront
Seventh graders examine the conditions of the homefront during World War II. Using propaganda, they discuss its role and how it affected people who viewed it. They identify the role citizens played during the war and create their own poster for the War on Terror.
"Heil, Heil The Gangs All Here"
Eighth graders brainstorm list of ideas about World War II, view and discuss multimedia presentation of World War II images, examine attack on Pearl Harbor and identify aggressors, and write essay from perspective of child in throes of World War II.
Outo Rugged Shores: The Voyage of LST534
Students view a film about warships during World War II. They discover the job of a seaman and what impact veterens have on the world today. They also examine the lasting effects of the war.
he Four Freedoms: Myth or Reality?
Students explore the plight of African Americans and Japanese Americans during World War II. From analyzing video-taped interviews and reading historical narratives, students explore determine if the four freedoms apply to racial minorities living in the United States during this time. Students write a summary of their findings.
WWII: Allies Turn the Tables
Students explore U.S. history by viewing a video clip in class. In this World War II lesson, students read assigned text from their history books about the U.S. Allies in the war. Students view the intro to "Saving Private Ryan" create class poster presentations about the WWII battles.