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Below is a sample breakdown of the America and the Second World War chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Start of the Second World War and the attack on Pearl Harbor||German and Japanese invasions that led to the start of World War II; America's response to the attack of its naval base in Hawaii|
|Tuesday||The European Theater and the Holocaust||Battles of the Eastern and Western fronts and North Africa; anti-Semitism and ethnic genocide in Nazi Germany|
|Wednesday||The Pacific Ocean Theater and Japanese internment||American military strategy in the Pacific; confinement of Japanese Americans in the United States|
|Thursday||Domestic policies and state of America during World War II||Effects of World War II on domestic policies and everyday life in America; presidential election of 1940|
|Friday||American diplomacy and military developments during World War II||The development and use of the first atomic bomb at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; goals and outcomes of the Potsdam and Yalta conferences|
1. World War II: The Start of the Second World War
Learn all about the start of World War II and why the League of Nations could not stop aggression by Italy, Germany and Japan in the 1930s, which led to the outbreak of this second global conflict.
2. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II
On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.
3. The European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa
Hitler and Nazi Germany dominated the European fields of battle early in WWII. This lesson is an overview of key military operations between 1939 and 1943 in Europe on both the Eastern and Western fronts.
4. The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany
The Holocaust was the persecution and mass murder of as many as 11 million people by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. Learn about the people they targeted, the progression of events leading up to the Final Solution and the end of the genocide in this lesson.
5. The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States entered WWII. Watch this video to learn about some of the key battles, as well as the general nature, of the Pacific theater of the war.
6. The United States During WWII: The Home Front
When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, life changed almost overnight for those on the battle front and on the home front. Learn about the war's dramatic and lasting effects on American government, economy and society.
7. Domestic Politics During World War II: The Election of 1940
The rest of the world was already fighting World War II, but the United States had a decision to make: should the nation stay out of it or try to save the day? Learn about this decision and more in this lesson.
8. Domestic Politics During World War II: The War Years (1941-1945)
Even during wartime, democracy continues. In this lesson, we'll learn how politics affected President Roosevelt's war policies and about the 1944 election and its implications for the post-war world.
9. Japanese-American Internment: Facts and History
The attack on Pearl Harbor unleashed a wave of fear and prejudice toward Japanese Americans. In this lesson, we'll learn how the government forced them into internment camps, what life in the camps was like, and how the internment affected the nation.
10. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII
As America and its WWII allies considered invading Japan, the Manhattan Project successfully developed an atomic weapon. Its use on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, precipitated VJ Day, the end of the Pacific war, on August 14, 1945.
11. The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II
Throughout the course of WWII, leaders of many Allied nations met many times to discuss strategy. Then, near the end of the war, two historic conferences shaped the post-war world.
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