The American Troops in World War II

As you examine the flow of the war in Europa and the Pacific, you surely will wonder … Who were the men and women that served in Europe and the Pacific? Please read and interact with the American Troops in WWII.  This reading will give you an idea bout the makeup of the men and women that served in the American military during the war.

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The European and Pacific Theaters of World War II


  • I/we can explain the major turning points of the war and contrast military campaigns in the European and Pacific theaters.
  • I/we can summarize the essential information and impact of a historical event.
  • I/we 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 week, we will see the progression of the war (and experience a very important part of the conflict in Europe).  Your major task is to create some sort of 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.  For an example take a look at my map with Pearl Harbor. My description is probably a little more detailed, with a quote, an image, and a resource or two.  Those options are up to you – whatever it takes to hit the target.

View America in World War II in a larger map

You will have a map on your test,!

To begin, you should work on the European Theater.  We will take a look at a major component of the war in Europe on Tuesday, so you should have a decent idea about the progression of the war (and have some possible questions to pose).  Get as far as you can …

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

To add to your maps, you can use this great animated overview of the war in Europe.  You can also consult  World War II in Europe from the United States Holocaust Memorial MuseumWorld War II from PBS, and another awesome interactive map. Another overview map may be helpful as well.

Then, check out the individual links below.

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What story do we need to know from America in WWII?

Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.22.35 AMWorld War II is one of the most investigated, filmed, discussed, debated, and beloved parts of America’s story – in other words, it is COMPELLING – and the topic has countless stories that have been told (and not told) in books, movies, music, television series, and more.   There is a WWII story for everyone – for some, more than others – and you have the opportunity to develop a presentation for a COMPELLING STORY involving America and World II.  Your topic should be narrow in nature, you can use a few great resources to research your story, and you can can tell your story in ANY WAY YOU WANT! Your story can be an actual story (creative in nature) or more of a content presentation – whatever the case, you will not only want to tell the story, but also tell WHY WE SHOULD CARE WBOUT THE STORY!

Similar to NHD, start with a broad topic, like D-day, and then get narrow – like the story of General Eisenhower and his leadership during D-Day.

It’s sort of a mini-NHD, but without the limitation of the theme, the huge expectations, the competition, and the intense judging process

How will you find out what topic you want to choose?  Play around with some of the sites below – they are chock full of cool stuff.

How will you be assessed?

  • Is your topic and story compelling or basic? 
  • Did you consult a few decent resources (beyond wikipedia or a simple Google search) to find out possible answers?
  • Did you present your findings completely in a creative, clear and original manner?
  • Did you present why your story is important for us to see/hear/experience?
  • Did you try, or did you just throw something together?

Once you have decided your topic, fill in the form below!

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In class / Assignment April 26/27 – From Isolationism to Intervention

We know a little about how WWII started in Europe – but how did the US get involved in this global conflict?  How did American go from ISOLATION to INTERVENTION? That’s our target, so let’s find out!

Complete your “From Isolation to Intervention” notes  today and in class using the resources available here PDF .  Make sure you use the following videos about American Isolationism in the 1930s, the Cash and Carry Planthe Lend Lease Actthe Atlantic Charter, and the path to “infamy” with Japan.

The video below will give you an awesome overview of America going to war – watch it for review!

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The Origins of World War II

I can describe the major causes and events that led to global war in Europe and Asia in the 1930s and 1940s.

By Tuesday, you should have a good idea about the origins of World War II, especially in Europe and the Pacific.  You should hopefully have working answers to the following questions.

  • In general, how did dictators rise in Europe and Asia and lead to the creation of the Axis Powers?
  • In general, what was the early course of war in Europe and Asia (before American involvement)?
  • Why was America not involved in the war in Europe at the beginning?  How did the US get involved without declaring war?

KEY PEOPLE, TERMS AND IDEAS – failure of the Treaty of Versailles, rise of nationalism, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, German invasion of Poland, the Battle of Britain, Nazi invasion of Russia, the Lend Lease Act, Japanese aggression in the Pacific

In regards to taking notes, it’s up to you – choose any format that you would like.  If you feel you already have a great background on this content, you may not need to take many (or any) notes! The historical ball is in your court.


America in the 20th Century – World War II – The Road to War from Discovery Education (usmstudent, wildcats)

World War II history from the History Channel – read until “World War II in the Pacific”

World War II: The Background to War and World War II: The Road to War from Scholastic

World War II – Crash Course 


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Click for a more detailed image of this awesome poster

And now … the most important global event of the 20th century — WORLD WAR II.  We will dive into WWII this week, use it as part of our focus in Washington DC, and return to the conflict when we get back from our historical odyssey.  What do you want to know about this very popular topic in American history?  Play around with some of the sites below to activate your knowledge and get your curiosity brewing, and then complete the form to identify some of the questions you have about the time period of World War II.

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Debating the New Deal

I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.

We have a lot of background knowledge on the government programs of FDR’s administration during the economic crisis of the Great Depression, including many of the Alphabet Soup programs.  Our next step is to discuss the short term and long term legacy of the plan with an in-class debate on Friday.

Carefully consult and use your New Deal debate handout (or your own format) to prepare for at least three of the five major topics of discussion:

  1. Was the New Deal successful in dealing with the economic crisis of the 1930s?
  2. Did FDR have too much power as President during the New Deal?
  3. Did the New Deal help all segments of the population?
  4. Was the government moving too close toward socialism during the New Deal?
  5. Is the long term legacy of the New Deal positive for the United States?

The materials already discussed in class and the following resources should be helpful, but you can also find your own – make sure they are reliable! Statistics and primary sources are great to support an opinion.

There will be a chance for back channel interaction in class – want to get started early?

English 3 and History 3 / English 4 and History 4 / English 5

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Representing the New Deal – check them out!

Section 5

Agricultural Adjustment Act / National Recovery Administration / Civilian Conservation Corps /Social Security Administration

Section 4

National Recovery Administration / Social Security Administration / Works Progress Administration / Tennessee Valley Authority /Agricultural Adjustment Act / Civilian Conservation Corps




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Representing the New Deal

Young New Dealers – You hopefully have a decent idea about many of the New Deal programs made famous by their acronyms in the alphabet agencies. Today you and your partners are going to take a SPECIFIC PROGRAM  and create a representation using everyone’s favorite building toy – Legos.  Your task is to create a visual representation of your assigned New Deal program, summarize the program on one half of a piece of paper, and describe your representation (with a different narration) using an app called tellagami.  As you describe your representation, put a pretty picture of your representation in the back of your animated voice. When you are done, we will have a little museum walk so that we can dig deeper into these New Deal agencies. You will also need to submit your script and tellagami link on Google classroom.  Be creative, and have fun!

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