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Ch 16: MTEL History: World War II

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See how World War II played a major role in shaping the history of the United States. Follow along with video lessons that break down noteworthy events and concepts and use our self-assessment quizzes to study for the MTEL History exam.

MTEL History: World War II - Chapter Summary

Make your way through this chapter to rediscover the significant events of World War II and their impact on the U.S. to prepare for the MTEL History exam. These lessons go over topics you'll see on the test, including:

  • How the D-Day Invasion affected Nazi Germany
  • The status of the U.S. home front during WWII
  • How the attack on Pearl Harbor fueled American involvement
  • Elements of wartime U.S. diplomacy and international politics
  • The impact of the atomic bomb on warfare during WWII

Instructors will guide you through each video lesson so that you can fully grasp all of the concepts covered. By using our comprehensive lessons and quizzes, you can use a fun approach to familiarize yourself with important World War II topics that you can expect to see covered on the MTEL History exam.

Objectives of the MTEL History: World War II Chapter

The MTEL History exam tests prospective teachers' preparedness for licensure to teach history in the state of Massachusetts. Throughout this chapter on World War II, you'll be preparing yourself for the content that will be found in the U.S. history portion of the exam, which will contribute to approximately 30% of your total score. The quizzes that accompany each lesson can be used to gauge your understanding of the materials and give you an idea as to what types of questions you'll find on the exam.

Questions will appear in multiple-choice and open-response format. You will be asked to select the best response after referring to a question, passage, map or other image, or write in your own answer.

5 Lessons in Chapter 16: MTEL History: World War II
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The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

1. 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.

The United States During WWII: The Home Front

2. 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.

The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany

3. The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany

Operation Overlord, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Western Europe, began with the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with Hitler's last stand taking place at the Battle of the Bulge. Learn about these and other events that contributed to the end of Nazi Germany.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

4. 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.

The Yalta Conference and The Potsdam Conference: US Diplomacy & International Politics During World War II

5. 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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