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Lesson 3: Japan's "Southern Advance" and the March toward War, 1940-1941
High school historians interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources to decide if the southern advance was a reckless step toward war, or if it was reasonable. They research the Japanese southern advance tactics during the war and how the United States responded to it.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
Land of the Rising Guns?
Students discuss the decision after World War II of Japan's to follow a policy of pacifism. After reading an article, they identify the ways Japan is strengthening its military. They watch a video to discover how their Constitution was changed.
6th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 23 Downloads
Sixth graders explore civil unrest by researching the Civil War. In this famous wars activity, 6th graders research the terms of the Civil war and discuss the vast differences between it and World War II. Students view video footage discussing the war and complete worksheets demonstrating their research capabilities.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 11 Views 39 Downloads
D-day Message from General Eisenhower to General Marshall
Young scholars analyze a "top secret" document written by Eisenhower. They identify and chart cliches for those about to go into battle and read related poetry. They invite a veteran to describe the D-Day invasion.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 21 Downloads
My Secret War: Lesson 9
Fifth graders explore World War II by researching the Nazis. In this propaganda lesson plan, 5th graders discuss the role America played in World War II and how both Germans and Americans were subjected to propaganda. Students utilize a T-chart to analyze the differences between German and American propaganda.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 2 Downloads
Propaganda in the Cold War
Propaganda posters from the Cold War era offer class members an opportunity to employ the OPTIC strategy (overview, parts, topic, interrelationships, conclusions) to analyze 12 documents. Expert groups examine a visual, and then jigsaw and share their findings.
9th - 12th Language Arts 56 Views 59 Downloads CCSS: Designed
World War I Research Project
Here is a fantastic World War I research project that includes clear guidelines for topic choice, guiding questions, and suggested presentation products. Research subjects range from battles of the war, trench warfare, and weaponry, to music of the period and the role of women in the war.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 20 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Mapping and Personifying Nations
Eleventh graders analyze the geography, actions, and relationships of countries involved in World War II. They create a map of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Pacific, and analyze and evaluate their self-made map of Europe and the Pacific.
11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 27 Downloads
Literature and the "Age of Anxiety" (1920s and 1930s).
Students examine historical events of the 1920s, World War II and the Cold War. They discover how literature reflects the economic, political, social, religious and historical concerns of a culture. Students compare literature writings to the "Age of Anxiety.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
Mapping the War
Students work in pairs to draw their own maps as specified of World War II areas. When all projects have been completed let one group at a time share their assignments with the rest of the class. Compile all the maps into a classroom book about World War II.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 6 Views 25 Downloads
Where in the World War? Mapping WWII in the Pacific
Students explore the Pacific Theatre of War. In this World War II lesson, students use reference material to access information about significant locations in the Pacific Theatre of War. Students identify the locations of the listed places using the resource materials.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 117 Downloads
Iwo Jima: Forgotten Valor
Students explore the nature of island combat on Iwo Jima during World War II. They examine the association between the Pacific Theater of World War II and Iwo Jima. Students evaluate Charles Lindberg's oral history, propaganda posters, maps and military photographs in their analysis.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
Iwo Jima: Forgotten Valor
Seventh graders examine the battle of Iwo Jima. They discuss the nature of island combat on Iwo Jima and the Pacific Theater of World War II. Students examine Charles W. Lindberg's oral history, propaganda posters and photographs. They complete a worksheet over Iwo Jima.
7th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
Students watch the film "The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color". Using the film, they work together to develop proper interview questions to use while talking to World War II veterns. After the interview, they research the topics mentioned by the interviewee to develop a feature story to share with their classmates.
9th - 11th Language Arts 3 Views 17 Downloads
Navajo Code Talkers
Students investigate the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in World War II. They complete a Webquest, explore various websites, encode a short message, analyze maps, answer discussion questions, and read newspaper articles about secure communications.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History 20 Views 57 Downloads
Philosophical Chairs: Justification for the Dropping the Atomic Bombs
Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified? Class members prepare for a Document Based Question (DBQ) writing assignment with a series of preparatory activities. Groups examine six documents, including first person narratives, images, and reports, join reading circles, and engage in a full-class philosophical chairs discussion.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Firestorms: The Bombing of Civilians in World War II: War, Ethics, Guernica, Precision Bombing
Students 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.
6th - 12th Language Arts 8 Views 16 Downloads
Knowing your family's story......why it matters
Eleventh graders examine the impact of the Japanese Internment Camps. In this US History lesson, 11th graders read excerpts from the story Hidden Memory. Students conduct interviews of older people to find out what they knew about the internment camps.
11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads