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 World War II

 World War II Unit completion chart.docx


1. https://time.com/5752114/nazi-military-drugs/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_term=history_&linkId=80406459 WWII most Pharmaceutical war

2. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50993884?ocid=socialflow_twitter WWII internment camp body found of Japanese man  (ghost of Zanabar)


Essential question: Why do nations go to war?


  • Was US involvement necessary in WWII? 
  • How does life on the home front change during wartime?
  • What was the U.S. role in WWII

World War Two

  1. WWII propaganda

  2. WWII technology

  3. Internment

  4. Theaters of War

  5. Fascism 

  6. Dictators

  7. Appeasement

  8. Home front

  9. Island Hopping


World War II Unit resources 

Use this power point for unit notes and activities


When unit is over can you...?

4formative assignments

1. Identify the causes of World War II

2. Identify the role the U.S. had in WWII?

3. Demonstrate how the home front changed to fight the war

4. See how the war changed and influenced everything moving forward


Intro Activity

 Quote: Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

regarding the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor by forces of Imperial Japan.

... I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

http://www.marksquotes.com/World-War-II/ Pick a quote on WWII  and explain its meaning

 World War ll rap



Activity 1

Causes of World War ll


https://www.ducksters.com/history/world_war_ii/ww2_axis_powers.php- Triparte Treaty.

Video: Treaty of Versailles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYeqYDTBoYI 9:27 Causes of WWII Resource for activity

Treaty primary documents

world war 2 Primary Documents - Treaty of Versailles 28 June 1919 (1).pdf  resource for activity


2 Theaters of Action

1. European

2. Pacific

Image result for map showing germany and japanese phere of influence in WWII?

Map showing territories that comprised the Axis and Allied Forces during World War II.

Map shows Axis areas that are annexed, attacked, or occupied

https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/Map_8.2_WWII_1941.jpg?timestamp=1479423631 Map address



Causes of WWII: Treaty of Versailles

Although at the post war peace talks President Woodrow Wilson wished above all to prevent future wars, the Treaty of Versailles, which formally ended World War I, is widely considered to have contributed to the rise to power of the Nazi party in Germany. However, quite a few questions must be answered before we can draw our own conclusion.
  • Was the Treaty of Versailles an attempt  to ensure that Germany would never again pose a military threat?
  • Did the Treaty, as the Nazis claimed, place an unfair and unnecessary burden on Germany?
  • Did German politicians exploit the treaty as propaganda to support a German revolution?

We will do our best to answer these questions today and draw our own conclusions. 

Image Analysis: What is the main idea of the political cartoon on the left?
The Players  •   Germany – •   Italy – •   Japan- •   Soviet Union – •   United States – 





 The victorious powers in WWI - The US, France and Great Britain - wanted to make sure that Germany could never again have the economic or military resources to fight a war ever again. The Treaty of Versailles, respectively known as the Treaty of Peace was their attempt at doing just that - permitted Germany from fighting another war. However, it may have also permitted Germany from ever being self-sustaining or even fully developed. 



Question: How did The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations from World War I contribute to another World War?


You will work in a group as an Allied or Axis power to analyze a few parts of the Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations.

Axis- Germany, Austria Hungary, Italy, Bulgaria

Allied- G.B, France, Russia, U.S.,  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jEuUN-R2ZYN0dU90ZnAMHDb-llN7VFq4ZIedC2Lkz_M/edit?usp=sharing Activity organizer

https://docs.google.com/document/d/12m-yZR3JOw4JdHRxLi_1mS0nZEq-xxh4EZ_8WjmeNb0/edit?usp=sharing Organizer on Causes of WWII European and Pacific Theater


Was US involvement necessary in WW II?     

What is the U.S. role in foreign affairs?  


War starts with military engagements

 Early Military Engagement   Slides 1-23

WW ll document.doc was U.S. military engagement necessary? Complete the organizer on why or why not.


The US Prepares for War




Vocabulary: Isolationism, Lend-Lease Acts, Cash and Carry Policy
Activity :U.S. Preparation


The United States may seem like a country who is far from shy about getting involved in military conflict. However, the US has a history of being isolationist - belief in remaining neutral and uninvolved in world conflict. In fact, before WWII, the US tried very hard to stay out of the conflict. As Great Britain and France were fighting the Nazi's the US attempted to help out in the war without actually declaring war or putting American lives at risk. Lets watch part of  John Greene video to learn more. 

Connection to Today: Does the US still have a responsibility to "lend-lease"? Many people argue that the US spends way to much money on the rest of the world and does not focus enough on American citizens. Explore the source on how much $ the US really spends on the rest of the world. Support or oppose this policy in the discussion below

US OVERSEAS SPENDING Hover over any country to see how much


Meaning making- How about isolationism today? What does it look like? Look at the article below on Donald Trump.

WWII Trumps Foreign-Policy Revolution.pdf

1. Read the above article and think aloud with a partner after each paragraph.

2. Is Donald trump leading the U.S. to isolationism again after 70 years?

3. What could be some consequences of his foreign policy?



Discussion questions

  • Should the US shift back to a policy of isolationism? Why or why not?
  • Is the US responsible for providing the world economic and military aid? If no- what is the drawback. Yes- how much?
  • Is it ok for the US to sell weapons and military technology to other countries? What are two the negative side effects

U.S. involvements today 

  • North Korea
  • Russia annexed part of Ukraine
  • Iran is not showing signs of halting its nuclear enrichment programs.  
  • ISIS gaining territory
  • Israel and Palestine


WWII Discussion Web of US role in foreign affairs.docx

Topic: U.S. involvement in world affairs

Objective or statement: Was US involvement necessary in WWII?

Question: Does the US still have a responsibility to "lend-lease"?




SO What was the U.S. stance?

U.S. neutrality

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1507xJ7OOtJANv48La7i_dgRykmuLwq3CpVfdD-h6j8A/edit?usp=sharing organizer on US neutrality.


Admit Slip: How did the Allies and Axis attitudes differ about war?


Activity 2                         Causes of WWII      Causes slides 2-12

1. What did you learn so far? 

Use a few slides to demonstrate what you learned 







Exit ticket: Write a six word essay on what caused WWII?.


Map QUiz 



Slide 21 of 100


Activity 3 Graphic Novels

European Theater- What motivates Hitler to wage war in Europe and Northern Africa? To become a great power: Economic and Social Greatness! 

Activity 3 A 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kLxBX_HWdnrjLBPGClcxEPocxAYnyePfPoPQ9y50ouY/edit?usp=sharing Reading and questions on German objectives


Invasion of Poland

After heavy shelling and bombing, Warsaw surrendered to the Germans on September 27, 1939. Britain and France, standing by their guarantee of Poland's border, had declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939. The Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland on September 17, 1939.



Dictionary result for D-Day


/ˈdē ˌdā/


 Operation Overlord 

  1. the day (June 6, 1944) in World War II on which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of beach landings in Normandy.
    • the day on which an important operation is to begin or a change to take effect.
      "it's D-day at the Websters', as Sally gives Kevin an ultimatum"


Graphic Novel

Chapters and resources


Journalism Organizer



Final day

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V7X2sraJ2vJYfST2yvQgkgZID3qVOYQpsRbaHUgktaQ/edit Map Activity on Europe





Image result for images of WWII

 Activity 4 Graphic Novels

Pacific Theater- What motivates Japan to wage war in the Pacific? To become a great power: Economic and social Greatness!

Activity 4 A        https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uDC5RYHqgDU4aBrfmdD2an40kyF3uNxckbNMv03clOM/edit?usp=sharing  Reading and questions on Japanese objectives. 


Graphic Novel

Chapters and resources


Journalism organizer



Last "Doolittle Raider" dies at 103

Original article and video


Doc on it



Final Day

https://docs.google.com/document/d/152c1f_zwtLzj2H7FapI3pOo-yklq7lX2XK2-ngrpjj0/edit?usp=sharing Map Activity on Pacific Theater


Activity 5

US attitudes, work ethic, technology, and habits.     

Essential Question: How does life on the home front change during wartime? 

 What changed and had to change?

Statement: To win the war, the U.S. needed 16 million active duty men to be soldiers in the military. The U.S. also needed an all out effort by the men, women, and children back home to support those troops. 

Read and present one part of the home front and how it was influenced by the war effort.  


Organizer on home front

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iTKcjUTd73-BXFJuv6J8-a1yZjCsJLgsJViIYAz4tSY/edit?usp=sharing 5 areas home front changed to fight the war.



Activity 6   How does a nation like the U.S. react in a time of war? Generations of difference!

Unit objective: Why do nations go to war?


How does a nation like the U.S. react in a time of war? Generations of difference!


Directions: There is 4 days worth of information and organizers about the US and how we react to war in the past. Read and answer the organizers of the past as well as predict how your generation will react in the future



https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hQfAgja0fqOqoyzFOYw8MgdSzxx6xO5qV5GMHodtB9Q/edit?usp=sharing Greatest generation to Baby Boomers reactions and the wars



Activity 7     Identify the role the U.S. had in WWII?

What could Hitler have done to avoid losing World War II? Was it the U.S that won the war for the allies?

It’s super simple, actually. Like, really, mindbogglingly simple. If he had just NOT done this ONE THING, he probably would have won World War II, or at least been able to carve out a German empire that would have lasted for a long time.


“Don’t attack Russia.”

That’s literally all there was to it. All he had to do was NOT open up another front that his troops had to fight on, antagonize someone he had an agreement with to NOT fight, and keep on with his original plan.


Hitler wrote an essay in school, on what Napoleon did wrong. How he shouldn’t have attacked Russia, nor done it when he did. The Russian winter devastated Napoleon. Hitler knew this and wrote about it, pointing out what a failing point it was.

And then he did the exact same thing.



Can you.......

1. Identify the causes of World War II

2. Identify the role the U.S. had in WWII?

3. See how the war changed and influenced everything moving forward






Exit: Name something from the home front that supported the war effort. 




 Activity 8

US Public Opinion

Essential question:  How does life on the home front change during wartime?


 Germany and Japan

What rhetoric can you identify about Germany and Hitler and Japan and Tojo?


https://www.google.com/search?q=world+war+II+propaganda+images+of+japanese&biw=1024&bih=674&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=C082VbKHI9fcoAT3noHYAQ&ved=0CB0QsAQThese are images from this page that are on google. 

http://blogs.baylor.edu/propagandaovertime/ WWII posters Patriotic to U.S. anti German


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oRtKoXcMUr06j3jLTqhhIgMMqS8u44KSJvLYAYUU1-w/edit?usp=sharing Activity on propaganda                                              







Activity 9   How did the Home front change for Women, Japanese, and African American?

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKAHGlfQtM-b42ITIzBuGzELK0syY5Bk1V7L9qz010M/edit?usp=sharing Use this W.S. for women, African Americans, and Japanese lives during the War. 


PictureRosie the Riveter
You will be reading about Betty, a 15 year old girl who has a great story to tell about being a young girl in America during WWII. Start with the tab titled ChangesAs you read, focus on the following targets:
  • In what ways did her life change?
  • How did the lives of other women change?
  • What types of jobs did women have during the war?
  • What did Americans have to do differently, or use more sparingly? 
  • What happened after WWII?

When you are done, find a partner who also read about women in the war. Share your responses and discuss what you learned.

Then, find another partner that read about African Americans in the war and share what you learned with your classmate.

PictureThe Tuskegee Airmen
You will be reading about African American men who fought bravely for the US even though they experienced racism and discrimination at home. As you read, focus on the following targets:
  • What is a segregated unit? What is integration?
  • What  jobs did  African Americans  have at first?
  • How did African Americans prove themselves in WWII? Provide details
  • What was the Double V campaign?

When you are done, find a partner who also read about African Americans in the war. Share your responses and discuss what you learned.

Then, find another partner that read about women in the war and share what you learned with your classmate.

Extra Resources: Women in WWII and https://www.nationalww2museum.org/search?keys=african+americans 

Exit: What role did Women and African Americans have during World War II?




Internment Camps slides 52-61


Activity 10:                Japanese Internment Camps DBQ


Do DBQ below


WWII Japanese internment DBQ.pdf

9A  Internment of the Japanese              Violation of the Constitution or protection for the US?


How constitutional were Internment camps for Japanese citizens? Should the US pay reparations and damages to the Japanese that lost lives and property?

WWII internment bill and questions japanese document (2).pdf

Look at the Bill of Rights 

Did the Bill of Rights get violated in these questions?


In the months following WWII, the US wanted revenge on Japan. At the same time as the internment of US Japanese citizens was occurring so was a plan to bomb Japan. 

Last Doolittle Raider dies at 103


 In fear that Japanese Americans, 2/3 of which were American citizens, could not be trusted living freely in the US, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Passed Executive Order 9066. The executive order authorized the US military to forcefully uproot Japanese Americans from their homes and force them to migrate to what historians have named internment camps. You will be presented with 2 very different interpretations of what these internment camps were actually like. Remember, 2/3 of the over 100,000 Japanese were America citizens!


Explore the images above. You could expect to see many of these advertisements and posters in newspapers, magazines, billboards, on the side of buses etc. How do you think the average white American thought of Japanese people during the war?

Discussion Questions:

  • What do you think Japanese Americans did with their homes? Their businesses? Their belongings?
  • Once the executive Order was repealed, how do you think Japanese Americans were treated when they returned?


Assignment: Letter Home from an Internment Camp
You will compose a letter home from the perspective of a Japanese boy or girl, man or woman, living in an internment camp during WWII. Your letter home should address:

  • How it feels to be an American citizen who was uprooted from their home
  • How it feels to know that you have Japanese family members fighting for America against Japan
  • How it feels to look in the newspaper and see Japanese people portrayed the way American propaganda does. 

Small group- Read letters out loud to each other and discuss how it would feel. 

                    - Apology and Reparations- Discuss whether you think Japanese Americans should be apologized to and  compensated for these WWII camps.

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/08/09/210138278/japanese-internment-redress - 1988 Ronald Reagan response to the camps.

When unit is over can you...?

3 formative assignments

1. Identify the causes of World War II

2. Demonstrate how the home front changed to fight the war

3. See how the war changed and influenced everything moving forward.



Activity 11            Following WWI the Allies punished the Axis with the Treaty of Versailles, should they do the same following WWII?


Question: What should the Allies do, rebuild or punish the defeated country? 



Rebuilding Germany and Japan/ Rebuilding Iraq                       


Predict how foreign policy in the 21st century will be similar and different to foreign policy from before and after WWII.


Big question: How did the U.S. become a world leader after WWII?


Inquiry question:      Should the U.S. and the Allies spend the money to rebuild nations defeated in wars?

 The U.S. does not want to repeat the same mistakes made from the past. An example is how the allies treated Germany after World War I with the Treaty of Versailles and punishment to its people.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GxAi3QwRwOgR6waq7Rqh80iYObpwxi9qv4jcjptG1yY/edit?usp=sharing  Activity rebuilding European and Pacific Theaters




Final Assessment World War II

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rWgBNjt40-Hp37tc9-nk03lw-Od9q7HCyrkISN4j7fQ/edit?usp=sharing 4 question Skills assessment




https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h8kB1tJqve6FtNIy5OfEzD7hPqBejRU-AP6yYybDnfg/edit?usp=sharing Use this outline for your presentation on WWII.


class 1 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vDOdxg_vfoNYruVN4bBHxguzRKqEFeNPWqgzn38Kmxc/edit?usp=sharing 

Class 2 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IvepTjUwUO6vB6U4eJ1wmCYhzEzaI5LVe3KRwJauzJc/edit?usp=sharing 

Class 3 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1aIcsGPmaT7V0IJDuzSpbbJBUHMs6aH-_UjMuGL5nKjo/edit?usp=sharing 

Class 4  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1kdCgrKFgzzweoFPxis5wBRlsl4Ulr_2f49yIuEEZ44k/edit?usp=sharing 

WWII presentation OnePointRubric.docx


http://www.history.com/inside-wwii-interactive Use this interactive game to apply the objectives of each theater



Final Assessment World War II

Is the U.S. involvement in global conflicts necessary or worth it?

Is War good for the home front?

WWII Assessment:    A Hypothetical WWIII                                              Picture


  • North Korea is becoming more and more aggressive towards the US and has apparently set off a nuclear bomb in the Pacific Ocean. 
  • Russia has annexed the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine and is quietly supporting an anti-western revolution. 
  • Iran is not showing signs of halting its nuclear enrichment programs.  
  • ISIS is gaining territory in the middle East and Africa. 
  • Israel and Palestine continue to fight and kill one another. 

 On the verge of WWIII,  president Barak Obama has asked you, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to put together a report. The president wants to know everything he can about the pros and cons of US involvement in WWII, the last global conflict the US was involved in, to decide if the US should get involved in the current global conflicts. Therefore, it is your job to answer the following questions for the president: Write a paragraph identifying each of the reasons below.

  1. Is US involvement in global conflicts necessary, or worth it?
  • Identify and explain 2 pros of US involvement in WWII
  • Identify and explain 2 cons of WWII
    • Use the past to connect 1 of the cons to how the US interacts financially with the world today
  • Conclusion: Is US involvement in a global conflict worth it?

     2.  Is war good for the home front?

  • Identify and explain 2 positive impacts of WWII on the US home front
  • Identify and explain 2 negative impacts of WWII on the US home front
    • Use the past to connect these negative changes to the home front after 9/11
  • Conclusion: Are changes to the home front good or bad overall?


WW II Final Assessment Links


Foreign/global conflict part 1 WWII assessment


Rubric on Foreign/global Conflict




Home front part 2 WWII Assessment


 Rubric on Home front






Think like an historian

What matters/Why does it matter?

1. How did the past influence the War?

2. What cause led to the War?

3. What was a turning point to start the war?



http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/activities/japaneseamericans/index.html  Japanese-American internment camps during WW II lesson plan idea




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