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Aftermath of WWII Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This lesson plan offers instruction for presenting the aftermath of World War II in Europe. Students will learn about the struggles of daily life and economic downturns after the war through active modeling, discussion, and written assignments.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define containment
  • Explain the Marshall Plan
  • Describe the economic impact of World War II

Length

1-2 Hours. The take home writing assignment has a length of 30 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Key Terms

  • Marshall Plan
  • Containment
  • Cold War

Materials

  • Printed transcripts of the video lesson The Aftermath of WWII and hard copies of the lesson quiz
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Building blocks (neatly presented in boxes organized by color)
  • Graph/grid paper

Warm-up

  • Draw a T-chart on the board labelled 'Knew' and 'New'.
  • Instruct students to copy the chart onto their own paper.
  • Ask students to tell you what they know already about the aftermath of World War II. You may get answers like the:
    • Who the participants were
    • When the war ended
    • What happened in Germany afterward
  • Write up any answers given in the 'Knew' column of the T-chart and instruct students to do the same.
  • Guide students to consider the living and economic changes in Europe following the war.
  • Tell students that they will be watching a video on the aftermath of World War II.
  • Instruct them to update the 'New' column of their charts as they learn new information from the lesson.

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