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World War II and the USO
Eleventh graders use the internet to read primary source documents from the World War II era. In groups, they research the role of the USO during this time period and watch a recent film. They role play different roles in the USO and write journal entries from the point of view of someone who worked in the USO itself. To end the instructional activity, they develop proper interview questions to ask someone who did this work and share their responses with the class.
Oral History of World War II
Learners research how citizens from the United States respond to the onset, duration and aftermath of World War II. They view clips from the movie "Swing Shift" and discuss the roles of civilians, minorities and military personnel. They interview people who lived through World War II for their feedback about the war.
World War II Memorials
Eighth graders discuss memorials after reading assigned books. They create a memorial for a group which suffered during World War II. They write reflection papers and exhibit their memorials in the school boardroom.
Learning From World War II and Connecting It to the Present
Compare and contrast World War II to the Iraqi war with this instructional activity. 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.
A Day in the Life of a World War II Soldier Webquest
Students complete a web-quest into a day in the life of a World War II soldier. For this webquest lesson, students investigate what life was like for soldiers on the front lines during the second World War. They use note taking skills while visiting teacher assigned web sites before sharing what they learned about the topic.
Life in Korea During World War II: When My Name Was Keoko
Twelfth graders review facts about roles of Asia and Japan in World War II, read When My Name Was Keoko to familiarize themselves with daily life and historic events during World War II in Korea, and participate in student-led discussions on various themes following each chapter read.
Evacuation: The Japanese Americans in World War II
Students examine Japanese internment camps of World War II. In this World War II lesson, students use primary and secondary sources to research the evacuation process and life within the internment camps. Students discuss the racial bias of the act.
Leaders, Laborers, and Other Perspectives of World War II
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.
World War II: Internment in Hawaii
Students examine world history by writing an essay in class. In this World War II instructional activity, students identify the attack on Pearl Harbor, the response from the U.S and the effect it had on Japanese-Americans. Students define Japanese internment and write a five paragraph essay regarding the situation.
The Identification, the Mapping, and the Personification of Countries Involved in World War II
Students create their own map of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Pacific. They locate, identify, and speak for one of the countries involved in World War II. Then they classify the country they represent as an Axis Power or as an Allied Power.
American Biography: Langston Hughes, Life in a Box, Reconstruction to World War II, Pathfinder
Sixth graders examine the lives of Americans who served their communities. For this Reconstruction to World War II lesson, 6th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to explore the life of Langston Hughes. Students share the accomplishments of other Americans who contributed to their communities. Links are provided to Library of Congress primary sources as well as other files and documents.
Was the Internment of Japanese-Americans Constitutional?
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.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
Jamie Ford’s historical novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, explores the relationship between a young Chinese American boy and a Japanese American girl set against the backdrop of Seattle during World War II. The teaching guide for this award winning novel provides rich discussion questions, historical background on the internment camps, writing prompts, a vocabulary list, and extension activities. Readers learn, along with Henry and Keiko that, “the hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.”
Feed a Fighter
Many have heard of Rosie, the Riveter, the representation of the many American women who replaced male factory workers during World War II. Lesser known, but equally important, were other civilian programs created to support the war effort. To investigate one of these programs, class members examine primary and secondary sources concerning the 4-H Victory Garden Program. To conclude the study, individuals identify a need in their community, design an action plan, and log five hours of community service to address this need. Scripted directions and links to all documents are included in the packet.
Moon Watch: The Tides of War
What role did astronomy play in the liberation of France during World War II? Bring literacy and history into science with a cross-curricular lesson that examines the importance of weather stations and moon phases in the invasion of Normandy. After completing an engaging reading from a science journal article, middle schoolers answer a series of reading comprehension and analysis questions. The lesson would work great while teaching moon phases to help answer the question, "Why should I care?"
Raising Voices: World War II in a Song
Twelfth graders discover the different ways Canada and Quebec participated in World War II. They then analyze the repercussions of the war on Quebec. Students complete three knowledge outcomes: Knowledge of facts, ( Canada's participation in the war effort, and Quebec's reaction to conscription), Procedural Knowledge and Conditional Knowledge.
Jazz and World War II: A Rally to Resistance, A Catalyst for Victory
High schoolers 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.
Life on a North Carolina Military Base in Wartime
Investigators use a “Says/Means” chart to analyze and draw inferences from quotes taken directly from newspaper articles detailing life on an active military base in Greensboro, North Carolina during World War II. Individuals then use a writing organizer to craft a narrative about a personal experience that parallels an event in the articles. Links to the Basic Training Camp No. 10 newspaper are included, as are templates for the worksheets. Although part of a series of lessons about the history of North Carolina, the approaches detailed by the resource could be used independently.
North Platte Canteen and World War II
Students employ primary resources to investigate the rise and decline of a canteen in World War II. The significance of volunteerism and the use of the railroad for troop transportation are examined.
Axis and Allies World War II Simulation
Students investigate World War II through the computer game Axis and Allies. They discuss the basics of World War II before playing the game, spend eight weeks playing the game that is a simulation of World War II, and write a report and conduct an interview with someone who lived through WWII.