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Ch 17: NMTA: World War II

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In your studies for the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science certification exam, be sure to review the events that started the Second World War, the conflict in the European and Pacific Theaters, the events that brought the war to an end and the war's effect on the home front.

NMTA: World War II - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to refresh your memory of the events of World War II (WWII). Watch this series of short, engaging lesson videos to review the events that caused the war to begin, the attack that brought the U.S. into the fight, conflicts that took place in the two main theaters, and the events that brought the war to a close. Each lesson video is mobile-device friendly and taught by expert instructors so that you can prepare for exam questions about the:

  • Tensions before WWII
  • Outbreak of WWII
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Fighting and events of the European and Pacific Ocean Theaters
  • Holocaust
  • Agreements that brought the war to an end
  • War's effects on the home front

For an alternative review of the material, read over the lesson transcripts that present the information in a written format. Following these lessons, take the quizzes that accompany them to test your knowledge and find areas of weakness. Once you've found these problem areas, be sure to fortify your mastery of them by using video tags to go directly to the points in the videos that discuss the information you need to review.

NMTA: World War II Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam is a required part of earning certification as a social studies teacher in the state of New Mexico. On test day be prepared to answer 150 computer-administered multiple-choice questions in a three hour testing session. Of the material covered by this exam, 50% of the questions cover the content domain of History. Use this chapter to prepare for some of the questions in this domain that will ask about the events and consequences of WWII.

10 Lessons in Chapter 17: NMTA: World War II
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Occupations, Agreements & Appeasement: Causes of the Second World War

1. Occupations, Agreements & Appeasement: Causes of the Second World War

In this lesson, we will learn about the events leading up to the Second World War. We will focus on the occupations, agreements, and appeasements that preceded Hitler's invasion of Poland in 1939.

World War II: The Start of the Second World War

2. 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.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

3. 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 European Theater in WWII: The Eastern Front, Western Front & Fight for North Africa

4. 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.

The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

5. 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.

The Pacific Ocean Theater of WWII: Japan vs. The Allies

6. 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.

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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.

The United States During WWII: The Home Front

10. 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.

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