WWII: Western Europe 1939-45 – Deception and Bluff

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World War II left the British desperate for help in any form—including in the form of a magician! High schooler conduct research on Jasper Maskelyne, a stage magician who used his talents to deceive the Germans on the war front, before writing an argument paper with evidence to convince others that this hard-to-believe historical fact is true.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create learning stations around the classroom for small groups to visit when forming their arguments
  • Use the document-based question as an assessment during a World War II unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Internet access and Flash®
  • Part of a longer series of interactive resources on World War II

  • Focuses on a part of World War II history that is not as well known to students
  • Provides all necessary primary sources and worksheets

  • None