Learning Experience May 20-21 – The Movement Gets Moving!

The Civil Rights Movement picked up some steam in the late 50s and early 60s, so please continue digging in to some of the main events using your Learning from the Civil Rights Movement activity, Part 1.

We will examine the turning point of the movement in our next class as we dig in to the greatest speech of the 20th century (and maybe of all time), “I Have a Dream”. To prepare for our dive into the March on Washington, your task is to MARCH – yes, march, or walk, or stroll – as you listen to “Setting the Stage for ‘I Have a Dream'”. Download it on your phone, and then take a walk. No notes are necessary! The second half of the podcast is the entire speech (16 minutes). We will analyze it in class, but it wouldn’t hurt to listen to it first! Also, you can print out a button, a program, or a map to carry as you walk … take a selfie with your souvenirs and post it on our Historical Challenge board!

OPTIONAL – Want more a bout the March ion Washington? Check out The March on Washington Turns 50, a sweet collection from NPR, and alos the videos below!

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Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement is one of the defining events in American history, during which Americans fought to make real the ideals of justice and equality embedded in our founding documents. When students learn about the movement, they learn what it means to be active American citizens. They learn how to recognize injustice. They learn about the transformative role played by thousands of ordinary individuals, as well as the importance of organization for collective change. They see that people can come together to stand against oppression.
Teaching Tolerance

For one of our final topics of study this year, we will be surveying the Civil Rights Movement, one of the major turning points in America’s story … and one that is still being experienced and told. Unfortunately, we will not be able to dig extremely deep into the movement, but we will see many of the seminal moments from the push for equality and make connections to our current society and our own lives.

You will have two different assessments for the Civil Rights Movement – an online quiz (open web) and a small project about a lesson from the movement.

To learn about the movement, you must witness it – your first task is to examine the early events of the movement, find out what happened, and start to examine the the lessons we can learn.  Get going on this!

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THE LEGACY OF WWII in America’s Story

I CAN REPRESENT THE IMPACT AND LEGACY OF WWII ON AMERICA’S STORY.

The most important global event in the 20th century had a huge impact on the United States specifically and on the world in general.  What was the legacy of the war?  Why should we learn about WWII?

To begin, watch “After the War” from Discovery Education (usmstudent, wildcats) and complete  “The Legacy of WWII” on Google Classroom to get the basics of the impact of WWII.

Then, START creating a ONE PAGER about the REMEMBERING WWII. Why does our study of the war matter? What was the impact of the war then, and now? What was said about the war that resonates today? You will do all of this on ONE PAGE of blank paper, drawn and written BY HAND! What should be on your ONE PAGE? This can be completed AFTER our next class meeting

  • A visible title
  • At least two visual symbols that represents WWII
  • At least two written quotations that show the legacy of the war
  • References (written and illustrated) to any essential info about the war at home and the war abroad
  • References (written and illustrated) to the impact and legacy of the war
  • Connections between the past and the present
  • Your awesome creativity

You can check out the resources below to add to your understanding of the overall impact of the second World War.

Want to be blown away?  Check out either (or both) of these videos below – the numbers are huge …

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WE CAN DO IT! The American Home Front in WWII

INSCRIBED AT THE WWII MEMORIAL!

“War is no longer simply a battle between armed forces in the field. It is a struggle in which each side strives to bring to bear against the enemy the coordinated power of every individual and of every material resource at its command. The conflict extends from the soldier in the front line to the citizen in the remotest hamlet in the rear.”   American government report from 1939

You can print this, or just make a two column chart on a blank piece of paper. It’s better to hand write this one!

The American home front was essential to the success of the US and the Allies in World War II, so one of our essential questions must be about the Home Front – right?  We are looking at how Americans affected the war, and how the war affected Americans on the home front. So, spend 30 minutes jotting down some ideas as you check out the resources below. You can print out this doc, or simply create a two column chart on blank paper. Watch your time … and, if you want some background music? Or try this playlist!

Listen to this overview!

Check out The Home Front During WWII – a short video from the History Channel

Propaganda posters played a huge role on the WWII home front – and tell a lot about the relationship between the public and the war!

Want to do a little role play on the home front?

What was the household like on the home front?  Check it out!

How Japanese Americans Were Forced Into Concentration Camps During WWII  from the History Channel

You can also check out the video below for a little home front info …

And, of course, our good AHR friend John Green … IF YOU HAVE TIME!!!

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PREPARE TO DEBATE … THE BOMB!

It is one of (if not THE) the most important single decisions of the 20th century (source, source).  The short term and long term impact of the use of the atomic bomb have been debated since August of 1945.  In our next online class, we will be discussing and debating the use of atomic weapons to end to the Pacific War in World War II.  To prepare, use the following material online and any other reliable information you discover to develop an option on the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

GET THE BASIC FACTS – Use the video below to get an overview of the event.  You can also consult The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from the History Channel. You must know the basics facts behind the event!

EXAMINE THE OPINIONS – Perspectives on the bomb are all over the internet, both scholarly and not so scholarly. You can start taking some notes on the two sides of the story using the resources below. YOU DO NOT NEED TO USE ALL OF THESE RESOURCES .. AND YOU CAN USE SOME OF YOUR OWN! You can take notes on both sides using this form … you can add to it in our discussion!

PREPARE YOUR ARGUMENTS

NOW, to prepare, you should develop at least THREE CLAIMS about the decision to use atomic weapons, supported by evidence and reasoning you will have the opportunity to discuss your opinion about the use of atomic weapons by the United States at the end of World War II.  At least ONE CLAIM should be on one side of the debate, and at least ONE CLAIM should be on the opposing side.

You will be able to choose your side when you come to class – and that choice can be either side, no matter how many claims you have for your choice. Our goal is to examine this controversial subject completely, and your goal is to express your perspective clearly.

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LEARNING EXPERIENCE APRIL 28-MAY 5 – WWII IN THE PACIFIC!

Got the turning points of the war in Europe?  Good!  Now, it’s on to the other theater – the Pacific!

Everyone should watch the video below – it will give you a great overview of the entire Atlantic / European theater.

To add to your maps, consult  World War II in Europe from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and World War II – A Visual History. This overview map of the Pacific may be helpful as well.

OPTIONAL FOR THE WWII GURUS – FOR MUCH MORE DETAIL – CHECK OUT – Use the links below (and any other reliable resource)  to add the Pacific component to your awesome WWII maps.

Mae sure you watch Achieving Victory in the Pacific

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HISTORICAL CHALLENGE – WORLD WAR II MOVIES!

World War II has been a major movie topic since the war started! Movies not only helped tell the story of the war, but were also used as propaganda and in fund raising. In addition, people learned about what was going on in the war through government created newsreeels tat ran before motion pictures. Since the war, countless Hollywood films have been set in World War II, and even more documentaries have been made about every aspect of the conflict. Why not give some a whirl?

Taft’s faves? Saving Private Ryan, Dunkirk, Unbroken, The Imitation Game, Midway, Patton, Tora! Tora!Tora!, and most documentaries. The series of Band of Brothers an The Pacific are awesome as well!

Here are some lists …

Post a pic (and a short reflection) of your movie experience on out Challenge Board!

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LEARNING EXPERIENCE APRIL 28-MAY 4 – MAPPING WWII! Part 1 – Europe

  • I can explain the major turning points of the war and contrast military campaigns in the European and Pacific theaters.
  • I can summarize the essential information and impact of a historical event.
  • I can geographically present the flow of World War II.

The National Content Standards of American History identify that all US history students should be able to explain the major turning points of World War II – so that’s what I am expecting from my young historians!  

Over the next few classes on line and at home, we will see the progression of the war.  Your major task is to develop an annotated map that not only locates each of the major turning points, but also offers essential information about the event.  For each location listed, you should have a proper location on your map, a title, a date, and a brief overview of the event and its impact (1-2 sentences)  

For example …

PEARL HARBOR – A Day That Will Live In Infamy – On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the US fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack had some short term success, as 18 ships were sunk, over 150 planes were damaged, and 2,403 Americans lost their lives.

IMPORTANCE – The attack on Pearl Harbor brought a motivated and vengeful US into the war against Japan. When Japan’s ally Germany declared war on the US three days later, American became fully involved in Europe as well.

Take a look at my map with Pearl Harbor. My description is WAY MORE detailed, with a quote, an image, and a resource or two.  Those options are up to you and your partner (if you choose) – whatever it takes to hit the targets.

View America in World War II in a larger map

Everyone should watch the video below – it will give you a great overview of the entire Atlantic / European theater.

To add to your maps, consult  World War II in Europe from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and World War II – A Visual History. Here’s another overview map may be helpful as well.

OPTIONAL FOR THE WWII GURUS FOR MUCH MORE DETAIL – CHECK OUT

Click for a larger map of the European Theater
Click for a larger map of the Pacific Theater
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ATTENTION! American Troops in World War II

ATTENTION SOLDIERS! It’s time for some basic training as we learn about the American troops in WWII! Get your combat boots (tennis shoes) on as your drill sergeant explains some of the ins and outs of the makeup and experience of the fighting forces for the US during the war. Download this podcast to your phone, grab your earbuds, stretch out a bit, and go!

The War – At War contains some awesome primary source material from the great Ken Burns documentary

Want to know what basic training was really like? Take a look here!

Check out this interesting overview of the average WWII soldier from the Saturday Evening Post.

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THE ORIGINS OF WORLD WAR II – Learning Experience April 22/23

How did World War II begin? It’s not the simplest of questions, nor does it have the easiest answer. However, America in the 20th Century: World War II: The Road to War has a good overview – use the EdPuzzle below (make sure you sign in).

Want more? Take a look at “Did WWI Lead to WWII?” from the History Channel below.

You can also check out this AMAZING interactive of World War II from my good friends at the American Battle Monuments Commission (seriously, I met the External Affairs head, and he is super cool).

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