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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 110 Views 105 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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
Coming of Age During Japanese Occupation: Richard E. Kim's Lost Names: Scenes from a Korean Boyhood
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 17 Downloads
'The Century's Bitterest Journalistic Failure'? Considering Times Coverage of the Holocaust
Rich with primary sources and additional resources, this plan asks class members to think critically about newspaper coverage of the Holocaust. Focusing in particular on the analysis of the article "150th Anniversary: 1851-2001: Turning Away From the Holocaust" by Max Frankel, learners evaluate the role of journalism in the Holocaust and World War II.
7th - 12th Language Arts 15 Views 20 Downloads
World War II in Color, Part 1/5
What were the Allied and Axis countries doing just before the start of World War II? Take a peek into American, British, Spanish and German life (among others) on the eve of the most destructive war in world history. This is part one in a five part series.
9 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
World War II in Color, Part 5/5
In six months, 600,000 Soviet prisoners of war died. As this number grew, the United States struggled to stay out of Europe's war. On December 7, 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the United States joined forces with the Allied Troops.
6 seconds 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
The Hispanic Experience in World War II
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 58 Downloads
World War II at Home: Victory Gardens
Fifth graders identify and define a Victory Garden. In this Victory Garden lesson plan, 5th graders design a poster to promote use of using personal gardens during World War II. Supplementary activities are also suggested.
5th Social Studies & History 7 Views 40 Downloads
The Greatest Generation - The Men and Women of World War II
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.
9th - 12th Language Arts 4 Views 71 Downloads
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
Countries Involved in World War II
Students create their own floor map of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Pacific. They locate, identify, and speak for one of the countries involved. In addition, they classify the country they represent as an Axis Power or as an Allied Power.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
World War II - Memory Book
Eighth graders read about and reflect upon a variety of events that occurred during World War II. They conduct research on the Holocaust and Anne Frank's life, the attack on Pearl Harbor, American life during this time and the bombing of Hiroshima.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 23 Downloads
Japanese-Americans at Granada During World War II
Young historians develop an understanding of the plight of Japanese Americans who were imprisoned against their will during World War II. They read first-hand accounts of some of the prisoners, view images of the Amache Center Camp in Colorado, and write a diary entry based on a day in the life of an internment child.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
World War Two Causes
Background sheets, crossword puzzles, graphic organizers... oh my! If you're searching for a range of activities and worksheets on the subject of the onset of World War II, then this is the booklet for you. Featured topics include the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler's rise to power, the failure of appeasement, and the first German invasions of the war.
5th - 10th Language Arts 236 Views 199 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Jazz and World War II: A Rally to Resistance, A Catalyst for Victory
Students examine the impact of WWII on the development of jazz music and consider how jazz music helped to boost morale of both soldiers and those left at home. They identify the function of jazz as a cultural export and discuss its worldwide effects.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 18 Downloads