Lesson plans and classroom resources aligned with the 8th grade curriculum (1st & 2nd Semester)
Last Updated: May 16, 2011
- A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans & US Constitution
This exhibit explores this period when racial prejudice and fear upset the delicate balance between the rights of the citizen and the power of the state. It tells the story of Japanese Americans who suffered a great injustice at the hands of the government, and who have struggled ever since to insure the rights of all citizens guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
- Attack on Pearl Harbor
Combination first hand accounts, pictures, propaganda and video - Awesome Stories provides a complete picture of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- BioClassroom: Douglas MacArthur
Using archival footage from WWII and the Korean War, A&E explains the crucial impact MacArthur had in the Pacific and explores the ramifications of his leadership style. The program provides insides into MacArthur's unique style, and the complexity of viewpoints about his leadership throughout two crucial wars.
- Discovery Education: War Time Posters
World War II was an event requiring participation by every citizen. The propaganda posters promoted citizen involvement in production, finance, attitude, efficiency, and teamwork, in addition to support for and participation in the military. However, in 1940 not everyone agreed that going to war was the best decision. Some believed that isolation, not intervention, was the answer.
- Japanese American Internment
A role-playing and discussion exercise on the Japanese American Internment in the 1940s.
- Music of World War II
Downloadable songs with printable lyrics
- National Archives: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
- National World War II Museum
The National World War II Museum is a dynamic educational resource serving the needs of teachers and students from grade school through the post-graduate level. Utilizing an object-based learning experience, educational technology, and its world-class exhibits, the Museum uses its rich collection of artifacts, archives, and oral histories to take history beyond the pages of textbooks and into the hands of curious students.
- PBS Arizona Stories: World War II
- PBS: The War (On the Homefront) - A Ken Burns Film
In this lesson, students will examine and get a sense of life in America prior to its entry into the war. Then they will explore the changes brought on by wartime industry and how the people adjusted to life in the industrial boomtowns and reflect on socioeconomic changes in the character of these towns and the reasons for them.
- Scholastic: The Good Fight Lesson Plan
Stephen E. Ambrose, one of the most prominent historians of our time, takes young readers on a guided tour of the events that transpired during World War II. Filled with personal anecdotes and beautiful photographs, Ambrose brings to life the places and the people who lived and died during this period in history. Students will learn about a particular event during WW II and write a script based on a picture from the book.
- Scholastic: World War II
Provides background information, primary sources, and acitivities related to World War II.
- Smithsonian: A More Perfect Union - Japanese Americans & the US Constitution
During the opening months of World War II, almost 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them citizens of the United States, were forced out of their homes and into detention camps established by the U.S. government. This exhibit explores this period when racial prejudice and fear upset the delicate balance between the rights of the citizen and the power of the state. It tells the story of Japanese Americans who suffered a great injustice at the hands of the government.
- US Holocaust Memorial Museum: Propogand Exhibit
Today, the word sounds ominous, conjuring up images of falsehood and manipulation, brainwashing and servility. It stands as the antithesis of objectivity, rationality, and truthfulness. But what is propaganda?
- World War II
Experience World War 2 like never before. Read firsthand accounts, view photos & documents never-before-seen on the internet and add your own stories, photos and documents.
- Anne Frank in the World
The Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 Teacher's Guide provides educators with information on available resources to aid in teaching about Anne Frank and the Holocaust. Related subjects, such as prejudice, discrimination, civic responsibility, and cultural pride are also included. This guide was created in conjunction with the Anne Frank Exhibit but designed to be used with or without it.
- Newseum: Holocaust - The Untold Story
This exhibit expels the myth that the Holocaust was a secret and explores the reasons why America's newspapers downplayed the horrifying reports from Europe.
- PBS: Inheritance
Imagine watching Schindler's List and knowing the sadistic Nazi camp commandant played by Ralph Fiennes was your father. Inheritance is the story of Monika Hertwig, the daughter of mass murderer Amon Goeth. Hertwig has spent her life in the shadow of her father's sins, trying to come to terms with her "inheritance." She seeks out Helen Jonas, who was enslaved by Goeth and who is one of the few living eyewitnesses to his unspeakable brutality.
- Scholastic: Holocaust: What Do You Know?
Students complete a KWL chart showing what they know about the Holocaust, what they want to know, and what they learned. Through participation in literature circles, students will become more familiar with the causes and effects of the Holocaust. The recommended book: Survivors - True Stories of Children in the Holocaust by Allan Zullo and Mara Bovsun.
- Scholastic: Remembering the Holocaust
The purpose of this unit is to bring real-life meaning to students concerning the victims of the Holocaust. Students will reflect upon the causes, effects, and modern day lessons to be learned from the Holocaust, and they will work to better understand the meaning of six million.
- Scholastic: Ten Thousand Children Lesson Plan
Who are the Kinder? After reading Ten Thousand Children, you will know the incredible true stories of the nearly 10,000 children who escaped the terrors of the Nazis in the Kindertransport. Using facts from a nonfiction text and creative details, students will understand how to use primary-source material for research and develop a fictional response to literature.
- BioClassroom: Anne Frank
Anne Frank: The Life of a Young Girl is a poignant hour long program which traces Anne’s journey from a quiet childhood in Germany, through her family’s life in hiding, and through the nightmare she and her family faced in Nazi concentration camps. Together with the memories of Anne Frank’s friends and neighbors, powerful photographs help tell the story even Frank’s words could not.