Students summarize reasons for the US entrance into WWII. They evaluate the pros and cons of these reasons. A time line of WWII events is created by each student. A journal of personal emotions while critiquing this research is documented.
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Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken" and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston's "Farewell to Manzanar"
Passages from Unbroken and Farewell to Manzanar provide the context for a study of the historical themes of experiencing war, resilience during war, and understanding the lasting trauma of war. Appendices include extension activities,...
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
WWII Project Outline
Work together as a class and get to know the ins and outs of World War II with this engaging collaborative project. Class members are broken into groups to research particular war topics, from life on the home front to the Holocaust and...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Pearl Harbor Controversy
Did Roosevelt know about the planned attack on Pearl Harbor prior to December 7, 1941? After examining primary and secondary source materials, viewing documentary footage on the attack, a History Channel video on the controversy, and...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The End of World War II: Pearl Harbor, Japanese Internment Camps, and the Atomic Bomb
The end of World War II saw major events that would forever change the global landscape and international relations. Using a fantastic PowerPoint presentation and several primary source documents, your learners will discuss the bombing...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Blame Game for the Loss at Pearl Harbor
Known as the day that will live in infamy, the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 was a shock to all. But why was the United States unprepared on that December morning? Study a series of primary sources in a document-based question that...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Declaration of War Against Japan and Just War Theory
Students examine the attack on Pearl Harbor and how it changed the history of the United States. After watching a video from "The War", they discuss the characteristics of a "just war" and identify the laws in international warfare. ...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
World War II
What's great about this summary of World War II is that in addition to reviewing pivotal events and players, the narrator describes the war's connection to countries beyond the core Axis and Allies. It also emphasizes causes behind...
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Dear Miss Breed
This compelling plan based on the letters in the book Dear Miss Breed engages readers in learning what it was like for Japanese Americans following the attacks at Pearl Harbor. After reading the letters, young scholars will partake in...
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable