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Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering this AP U.S. History material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn important dates and information about the world during World War II. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the causes, events and fronts of World War II
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about World War II
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources
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- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing The World During WWII chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a World War II unit of a standard AP U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- Events of the Battle of the Bulge
- Facts about the Berlin Airlift
- How World War II began
- Information on the European and North African fronts
- History of the Holocaust
- The Allies and Japan in the Pacific Theater
- D-Day and the atomic bombs
- Battles of Britain and Iwo Jima
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 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Battle of Britain: Definition, Facts & Summary
Learn about World War II's famous Battle of Britain, one of the biggest air battles of all time and the first place where Adolf Hitler was ever defeated. Afterwards you can test your knowledge with a quiz!
9. The Battle of the Bulge: Definition, Facts & Timeline
In December 1944, the end of World War II in Europe seemed close at hand. This lesson discusses the Battle of the Bulge, Germany's last-ditch attempt to halt the Allied drive on Berlin, and a dismal reminder that the war would not end easily, or soon.
10. The Berlin Airlift: Definition, Summary & Facts
The Berlin Airlift is considered one of the biggest aviation feats of all time. We'll look at its historical background, its impact, and consider some facts of the Airlift.
11. The Battle of Iwo Jima in WW2: Facts & Casualties
The Battle of Iwo Jima, February 19th through March 17th of 1945, was one of the most significant battles in World War II. Part of the Japanese island chain, it was the site of one of the bloodiest battles oin the Pacific Theater.
12. Victory in Europe: The Battle of Berlin & the Downfall of the Nazi Regime
In this lesson, we learn about the Battle of Berlin and the end of Germany's Nazi regime. We will place this event in historical context and we will understand its importance.
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