7. World War II

Essential Question(s):
 
1.  How do interacting cultures create changes in society, political systems, and economic systems?
2.  How do political systems change as a result of migration, trade, and war?
3.  How did social and political reforms affect, impact, or alter existing social and political systems? 
 
Learning Target(s):
1.  Students will be able to identify and explain the major causes of World War II.
2.  Students will be able to identify and describe the accomplishments of major leaders in WWII.
3.  Students will assess the outcomes of WWII and how they lay a foundation for the Cold War.

Activity #1:

1.  Students will take notes on the lecture - World War II.

Activity #2:
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Students will watch a film on World War II and take notes as they view.

Video Notes

Activity #3:

1.  Students will complete a constructed response essay on the Causes of World War II.

Activity #4:

1.  Students will complete a constructed response essay on the Holocaust.

Activity #5:

1.  Students will complete a constructed response essay on the decision to drop the atomic bomb.

Activity #6:
 
Students will answer the following reflection questions based on the information from the lecture:

1.  What were the long-term causes of World War II?
2.  How did World War I contribute/cause World War II?
3.  Who was Adolf Hitler? How did he contribute to the start of World War II?
4.  Who was Benito Mussolini? How did he contribute to the start of World War II?
5.  How did Japanese expansion contribute to World War II?
6.  Why did the United States initially chose to remain neutral?
7.  Define isolationism. Describe the United States actions in regards to isolationism.
8.  Define appeasement. How did the European countries try to appease Hitler and Germany?
9.  Why did the United States change its isolationist policies?
10.  Why did the United States enter World War II?
11.  What political steps were taken by the Allied powers to prepare for and fight World War II?
12.  What were the economic steps taken by the Allied powers to prepare for and fight World War II?
13.  How  did the Allied powers achieve victory over the Axis powers?
14.  Identify and explain the major affects of the war.

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