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.

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Click for a larger map of the European Theater
Click for a larger map of the Pacific Theater
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