WWII British Evacuations Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Students will have the chance to learn about British evacuations in World War II. They will build on this by analyzing propaganda posters, and then create their own.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe social and political conditions in Britain during WWII
  • Explain the motivations for British evacuations, as well as methods of encouraging evacuation
  • Analyze propaganda posters as primary sources
  • Markers, colored pencils
  • Small poster boards


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.



  • Begin class with a brief discussion on Britain during World War II.
    • What were British experiences like in World War II? Did the Nazis ever invade or attack Britain? What impact do you think this had on the country?
  • Distribute copies of text lesson World War II British Evacuations: Information, Facts & Statistics.
  • Select four students. Each student will read aloud one paragraph of the sections ''Early Plans'' and ''1939''. Pause here and discuss this information as a class.
    • Why was Britain concerned about Hitler's actions? Why did they think Germany could present a threat to Britain?
    • Where were people evacuated from? Where were they evacuated to? Why do you think the government put such emphasis on evacuating children? Why might it have been harder for adults to evacuate?
  • Select three students, and have each read aloud one of the paragraphs from the sections ''1940-41'' and ''The Blitz''. Pause here and discuss this information as a class.
    • What would have been the advantages of evacuating people to the countryside versus out of the country? What would have been the disadvantages of each?
    • How did the concept of evacuations change after 1940? How did the Blitz change British perspectives on evacuations and the war?
  • Select six students to read the remaining paragraphs in the sections ''1942-46'', ''Art Evacuation'' and ''Lesson Summary''. Discuss this information as a class.
    • How did evacuations and people's ideas about evacuations change after 1942? How do you think American entrance into the war in 1941 might have impacted British attitudes about the war and about evacuations?
    • Why would the Prime Minister worry about evacuating art? What was the goal? What can we infer about British attitudes about the war from these fears about a loss of culture?
  • You may test student understanding with Lesson Quiz.

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