World War II: A Visual History

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Explore the enormity of World War II, including its causes, prominent battles, and historical figures, with an interactive map and timeline. Divided into each year from 1939 to 1945, as well as sections pre- and post-war, the resource guides viewers through a series of documents and commentary about different points of focus during the twentieth century's largest global conflict.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Design a Webquest in which learners seek to answer a given set of questions about World War II, using the interactive resource as their main reference guide
  • Have small groups each look into one time period from the timeline and brief their peers on what they learned
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Adobe® Flash
  • Class members need access to indivual computers or tablets
  • Model use of the navigation tool before having learners try on their own
Pros

  • Ability to view the interactive in map or chart view
  • Incorporates all experiences of World War II into one resource, from battlegrounds to the Holocaust
  • Provides primary source images and videos
  • Post-war period on the timeline references subsequent global crises, including the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Cuban Missle Crisis
Cons

  • None