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Unit 9: WWII

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This unit explores the events leading up to and surrounding World War II, and the war's impact on the United States.


Week 28:

__Wednesday, April 4: Reading 1: "Steps to War." Get reading in class. Instructions and questions: WWII Reading 1.pptQuestions for WWII Reading 1.doc

__Thursday, April 5: Movie: The Wave (1981, 45 minutes). Watch whole thing here): http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4689717947890475769&ei=2G9uSvGDKpv-qAOCyJAd&q=%22the+wave%22&hl=en

Based on a true story about the appeal of fascism to high-school students: http://www.thewavehome.com/


Week 29:

__Monday, April 9: Discuss The Wave, take notes on fascism: Fascism lesson.doc. Watch first seven minutes of clip from The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982), about Italians and fascists near the end of WWII: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT_9db9IMzk

__Tuesday, April 10: Reading 2: "War in Africa and Europe." Get reading in class. Instructions and questions: WWII Reading 2.ppt  Questions for War in Africa and Europe.doc

__Wednesday, April 11: (No class: Audubon/Experiential/Project time.)

__Thursday, April 12: (No class: Audubon/Experiential/Project time.)


Week 30:

__Monday, April 16: Review D-Day and watch scene from Saving Private Ryan (1998): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqSg7WO4tT4

__Tuesday, April 17: D-Day Quiz. Anti-Fascism Before the War: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Read and complete this worksheet: Abraham Lincoln Battalion Worksheet.doc Background: Lincoln Brigade lesson.ppt Watch first 20 minutes of The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War (1984): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URtWFEKHsvs 

__Wednesday, April 18: WWII Reading 3: "War in the Pacific." Get this reading in class. Instructions and questions: WWII Reading 3.ppt Questions for War in the Pacific.doc

__Thursday, April 19: Holocaust activity: Watch Schindler's List (1993) from :17 to :27 and from :46 to 1:13 (rent the movie if you missed this in class). Here's a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1VL-y9JHuI Complete worksheet: Schindler's List Work Sheet.doc

Week 31:

__Monday, April 23: WWII Reading 4: "The Legacy of the War." Get this reading in class. Here are the instructions and questions: The Legacy of the War.ppt Questions for The Legacy of the War.doc

__Tuesday, April 24:  WWII Study Guide: WWII Study Guide.doc (postponed Atomic Bomb lesson a day)

__Wednesday, April 25: WWII study guide review. Atomic Bomb lesson: Watched scenes from the documentary White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007). Intro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smIi-Ka4Kw0 Another excerpt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_58byuLBu0

        __Thursday, April 26: WWII Jeopardy: http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Apr201217/game1335405432.php

            WWII TEST!

*Student-Led Conferences are Thursday and Friday.



Minnesota State Standards:

  • U.S. History: The student will understand the origins of World War II, the course of the war, and the impact of the war on American society.
  • U.S. History: The student will understand the social and economic changes in the United States, 1945-1960
  • World History: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War II.


Possible AAHS targets:

  • History Choice: World History: Global Conflict (ID: 159247) Students will explore the birth, development, and execution of a global conflict in the 20th Century and examine its effects on modern society. 
  • History Choice: World History: Imperialism (ID: 17762) Students will explore the role imperialism played in shaping our current global structure, and use that information to examine a current interaction(s) between two or more nations or groups of people within a nation.
  • History Choice: U.S. History: Cultural Conflict (ID: 17768) Students will explore the implications of cultural conflict within the United States history such as: slavery, Native American interactions, or Japanese or Russian segregation.
  • History Choice: U.S. History: Modern Conflict (ID: 17766) Students will explore a conflict the United States had through the Civil War, and analyze its political and social impact during the time period and into modern times. (World Wars, The Cold War, Vietnam Conflict, Iraq Wars, Afghanistan, War on Terror, etc.)
  • Government/Citizenship: World Governments: Structure (ID: 17781) Students will explore the various government structures that exist throughout the world and compare/contrast their underlying principles. These government structures may include, but are not limited to: Democracy, fascist, feudal, monarchy, etc
  • Government/Citizenship: Creation and Role (ID: 17784)  Students will explore the creation of the United Nations and their role in creating a global citizen.
  • Social Studies Exploration Choice: Advanced Social Studies: Advanced Exploration 1-5 Students may repeat and further develop an already completed social studies area.

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