Sequence and Activities
-Access student knowledge.
-Set the purposes of the unit.
*What do you know game (powerpoint)?
*The question of why
2) The World in the 20s and 30s
-Trace the rise of communism in China.
-Describe the civil war between Communists and Nationalists.
-Trace nationalist activity in India and explain how Indian self-rule heightened conflicts between Muslims and Hindus.
-Summarize Gandhi’s nonviolent tactics.
-Describe the rise of independence movements in SW Asia.
-Identify the scientific, artistic, social and technological changes that took place during the 1920s and the impact they had on the world.
-Describe postwar Europe, the Weimar Republic, and the causes and effects of the Great Depression.
*Discussion: China, India and SW Asia between the World Wars
*Postwar Uncertainty: Text reading: 31.1 and 31.1 GR
*A Worldwide Depression: Text reading: 31.2 and 31.2 GR
3) Totalitarianism and Fascism
-Describe totalitarianism, the building of a totalitarian state in Russia, and the economic system under Stalin.
-Trace the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany and describe its impact.
-Compare the attempts by fascist nations to gain power with the efforts of democratic nations to preserve peace.
*Stalinist Russia: Text reading: 30.2 and 30.2 GR
*Fascism in Italy and Germany: Text reading 31.3 and 31.3 GR
-Video: Prelude to War (53 m)
-Video: The Fatal Attraction of Adolf Hitler
-Mein Kampf reading and questions
*Japan, Spain and War: Text reading: 31.4 and 31.4 GR
4) World War II in Europe (1939-1941)
-Summarize the events that led to war.
-Describe the fall of France and the Battle of Britain.
-Explain the conflicts in the Mediterranean and on the Eastern Front.
-Describe US aid to the Allies.
*Text reading: 32.1 and 32.1 GR
*Video: “The Nazi Strike”
5) World War II in Asia
-Explain how Japanese expansionism led to war with the Allies in Asia.
-Describe Japan’s early battle successes.
-Explain how the Allies were able to stop Japanese expansion.
-Summarize Allied battle strategy.
*Text reading 32.2 and 32.2 GR
*Video: “World War II Pacific”
6) The Allied Victory
-Describe the Allied strategy in Europe.
-List efforts made on the home front.
-Summarize events that led to the surrender of Germany and of Japan.
*Major war questions and decisions
*Text Reading: 32.4 and 32.4 GR
*Video clip: D-Day
*Skillbuilder Practice: Following Chronological Order
*The Atomic Bomb Debate
*Why the Allies Won
7) The Costs and Legacy of World War II
-Describe the conditions in Europe in 1945.
-Identify the political consequences of the Allied victory in postwar Europe.
-Summarize how defeat and occupation affected political and civic life in Japan.
-Trace the course of persecution of Jews by the Nazis.
-Describe the results of the “Final Solution”.
*Text reading 32.5 and 32.5 GR
*The Costs of War: human, economic, political and military
*The Holocaust: 32.3 and 32.3 GR
-From Night: Ellie Wiesel
-One Survivor Remembers
-Holocaust Background Powerpoint
Additional Information and Links:
1920s Europe PP
Early Modern European Art
The US in World War II PP
World War II PP
Italian Fascism PP
World War II Conferences
Iowa Based Pilot Has No Regrets
Dwight D. Eisenhower
America Foreign Policy Between the Wars
The US During WWII PP
Reflections on World War II PP
Pearl Harbor-National Geographic
D-Day: The American Experience
Battle of Midway
Battle of the Bulge
US Holocaust Museum
The Manhatten Project
Truman Library and Museum
Harry S Truman
World War II in Europe
World War II-History Channel
World War II-Eyewitness to History
World War II-Military History Overview
Chinese Civil War
Adolf Hitler Bio
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