- 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
- The Battle of the Atlantic – from wikipedia and The Mariners’ Museum, and here is an AWESOME interactive map from the American Battle Monuments Commission – plus, you could play the BBC’s Battle of the Atlantic game
- Stalingrad – video from the History Channel, reading from the History Channel and History Learning Site – and how about a Stalingrad game from FOG
- Operation Torch / Invasion of North Africa – World War II in North Africa from the History Channel, reading from the Holocaust Memorial Museum, from militaryhistory
- The Bombing of Germany – from Exeter and BBC
- The Italian Campaign – from The History Channel and the WWII Database, The Invasion of Sicily from the History Channel
- Operation Overlord –Check out this animated map from BBC, another one from BBC, and American Experience . D–Day from PBS. Want more D-Day videos – from the History Channel – America The Story of Us — D-Day Invasion,D-Day: Allied Invasion at Normandy , and WWII in HD — D-Day
- The Breakout from Normandy and Liberation of Paris – Britannica has an overview, and here’s something more from the History Channel,
- The Battle of the Bulge – some great videos – The Battle of the Bulge , WWII in HD — Battle of the Bulge and a solid overview of the Battle of the Bulge from the History Channel
- The Yalta Conference – Check out the History Channel and
- The Fall of Berlin – Second World War History has some info, and here is an eyewitness! How about a game – Stalingrad 2 – The Fall of Berlin