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WWII Project Ideas for High School

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

When teaching World War II in the high school classroom, there are many opportunities for students to dig deeper into the material. In this resource, you will find a variety of projects for students to complete individually and in groups.

Teaching World War II

World War II was different than many of the wars that came before it and have come after it. There were new weapons, millions of people involved, far-reaching civilian effects and technology that allowed the war to be broadcast to the public like never before. When you teach World War II in a high school setting, you will find that there is only so much time and a plethora of material and you will inevitably leave out some important information. This is the role of projects. The projects in this resource will allow your students to look closely at one aspect of the war and see how the war had a personal impact on millions of people. There are opportunities for both group and individual work in these projects.

Memorial Design (Individual)

For this project, students will be designing a memorial for those who were killed in the Holocaust. Students can focus on everyone who died or just one specific group of people (such as Jews or Poles). Students will first research facts about the Holocaust. They can utilize the websites for Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Israel) and the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Next, they will draw a detailed design for their memorial. Finally, students will write a 1-2 page reflection that explains why they designed their memorial the way that they did. This reflection should include at least five facts about the Holocaust.

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