WWII: The Pacific 1939-45 – Pearl Harbor

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Though December 7th, 1941 was a day "which would live in infamy," World War II had provided many infamous days, events, battles, and atrocities in the years before. So why were American forces so surprised when Japan attacked Pearl harbor? Young historians analyze primary source documents, newsreels, and images to determine what the United States knew about the events of World War II, and why they were so unprepared that December morning.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Play the video in the starter source as a warm-up for learners before assigning the main task
  • Create an interdisciplinary assignment between social studies and language arts to practice skills in both content areas
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Flash® and access to the Internet
  • Though the lesson focuses on actions between Japan and the United States, the unit was developed by the British National Archives and exhibits the British perspective
  • A great way to address history literacy Common Core standards
  • Interactive format is easy to navigate
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