African American Involvement in World War II

This African American Involvement in World War II lesson plan also includes:

What was the role of African Americans in World War II? How were these roles influenced by and manipulated by racial attitudes of the 1930s and 1940s? Class groups locate and analyze primary source materials before using GoogleDocs or PowerPoint to create a virtual museum room that reveals the insights gained from their research.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Post the projects on the class website
  • Include the lesson as part of a study of World War II, a unit on propaganda, or during Black History Month
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes class members have previously studied propaganda techniques
  • A protocol must be in place for a safe, respectful discussion of controversial issues 
  • Several of the images in the virtual museum are brutal; therefore, prepare viewers before launching the tour
  • Requires considerable prep time
Pros

  • The 14-page packet includes a detailed plan, suggested topics for the Group Virtual Museum project, directions for how to use GoogleDocs or PowerPoint to create a virtual museum, and a rubric for the projects
  • A carefully scaffolded, powerful resource
Cons

  • None