The Blame Game for the Loss at Pearl Harbor

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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 prompts high schoolers to analyze America's vulnerability during World War II.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Send the DBQ home for learners to practice at home
  • Use the resource to review for an upcoming AP US History test
  • Have learners use their essays in a class debate to discuss their different arguments
Classroom Considerations

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  • Repeats the writing prompt and criteria at the end of the documents for reference
  • Includes different types of documents for learners to analyze
  • Writing prompt is intriguing and applicable to your World War II unit

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