The Forgotten War – for class May 22/23

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OPERATION CRYPTO – Crack the code for your next class!

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My Lesson From the Civil Rights Movement

The stories of the Civil Rights movement are plentiful, and we only had time to dig into a few.  Hopefully you are definitely pulling out some great lessons from the push for equality after WWII. You can also check out lessons from other groups pushing for civil rights with this Civil Rights for All doc from Doc last year.

Now, it’s time to apply that lesson the our society and your life – by completing “My Lesson from the Civil Rights Movement”. Check the assignment – I added some examples from past years!

What lessons have we learned so far?  Take a look:

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I HAVE A DREAM! In class May 14-15




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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 this 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 – Preparation for May 8/9

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?  Complete  “The Legacy of WWII” on Google Classroom and check out the resources below to come to class with an idea about the overall impact of the second World War. Take some notes on these materials as well!

Want to be blown away?  Check out ‘The Fallen of WWII” – it’s big.

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WE CAN DO IT! The WWII Home Front – for May 6/7

“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

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?  Check out the reading guide handed out in class.

Examine the content checklist first, and then tackle the reading about  Pearl Harbor: Galvanizing the Nation Rationing and War Bonds – Daily Life During the War and Division and Unity – The Internal Conflicts , all from Jackdaw Publications. Complete these before returning to school after DC.

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

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

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

And, of course, our good AHR friend John Green …

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THE ATOMIC BOMB – Preparation for April 26

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.  On Friday, we will be discussing and debating the use of atomic weapons to end to the Pacific War in World War II.  To prepare for our combination class, 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 your “You Decide” handout and 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 should all 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.


We will have a discussion/debate in combo classes on Friday.  To prepare, you should develop 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.  TWO CLAIMS should be on one side of the debate, and ONE CLAIM should be on the opposing side.

You will be able to choose your side when you come to class on Friday – 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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The Turning Points of the Pacific War

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

Use the links below (and any other reliable resource)  to add the Pacific component to your awesome WWII maps.

You can watch the video overview to get a feel for the entire war in that theater.  (usmstudent, wildcats) We will watch parts in class as well …

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Want more cool info about WWII?

The internet abounds with awesome sites on the greatest global conflict in history.  Check out some of these:

The American Battle Monuments Commission has some awesome WWII interactives -I love World War II: A Visual History to start.  They also have great narratives of some of the military engagements, including  The Battle of the AtlanticThe Strategic Bombing CampaignThe Sicilian CampaignEntering Italy: The Naples-Foggia CampaignLiberating Rome: The Anzio and Rome Arno CampaignsThe Normandy CampaignThe Battle of Pointe du Hoc,

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