Ch 3: World War II Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Get some helpful lesson plans for teaching your students about World War II by watching the video lessons in this chapter. These lessons will go over all of the topics your students will need to know about this subject.

World War II Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Watch the video lessons included in this chapter to prepare for teaching your students about World War II. Our lesson plans will help your students learn about the major topics they will need to know in order to understand this subject. This chapter contains lesson plans on topics such as:

  • The beginnings of World War II
  • D-Day
  • The Holocaust
  • The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Our instructors will help ensure that your students have access to all of the information they will need to know on this subject, as well as the best means of learning it. The chapter's assessments will help you verify that you have grasped the main concepts found in the lessons.

How It Helps

  • Emphasizes topics: Your students will have a much easier time learning about a complex subject like World War II if it is broken down into different topics they can learn about individually.
  • Summarizes key events: These lessons will allow you to teach your students basic summaries of some of the major events of World War II.
  • Provides lesson plans: This chapter will help you devise lesson plans that will afford your students the best means of learning about this subject.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning World War II lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific World War II topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your world history class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related world history lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important World War II concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant world history-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

32 Lessons in Chapter 3: World War II Lesson Plans
Causes of World War II Lesson Plan

1. Causes of World War II Lesson Plan

World War II was fought over more than the Holocaust, and it started well before Pearl Harbor. With this lesson plan, your students can see how both of those were just parts in a much bigger conflict.

World War II Lesson Plan

2. World War II Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on how World war II began. Though there were many factors, this plan includes a clean and concise video lesson to jump start the unit as well as an imaginative activity designed to generate discussion.

Mein Kampf Lesson Plan

3. Mein Kampf Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students summarize the autobiography and define pertinent academic vocabulary in context as they learn about ''Mein Kampf'' by Adolf Hitler.

Mein Kampf: Definition, Summary & Quotes

4. Mein Kampf: Definition, Summary & Quotes

In this lesson, we will learn about Adolf Hitler's book, 'Mein Kampf.' We will explore the historical context surrounding the writing of the book, and we will identify the central themes of the book. We will understand the ideology Hitler expressed in this book.

Berlin Airlift Lesson Plan

5. Berlin Airlift Lesson Plan

Trying to delve into the intricacies of the Berlin Airlift? Use this lesson plan and materials to analyze the Berlin Airlift and examine the actions taken by the Western Allies.

Battle of Britain Lesson Plan

6. Battle of Britain Lesson Plan

The Battle of Britain was unlike many previous battles in history. Use this lesson plan to review the state of Europe immediately before the battle, highlight the major events of the battle, and have students reenact the event.

Nazi Propaganda Lesson Plan

7. Nazi Propaganda Lesson Plan

Do your students understand the horrors and manipulations found in Nazi propaganda? Two video lessons provide an overview of Hitler's regime and propaganda and an activity gives students a chance to analyze actual examples of Nazi propaganda.

Rise of Hitler Lesson Plan

8. Rise of Hitler Lesson Plan

Teaching about Hitler's rise in power is no easy task and often evokes great emotion in students and teachers alike. This lesson plan gives ample opportunity for discussion and analysis for students within the context of a matter-of-fact video lesson.

Benito Mussolini Lesson Plan

9. Benito Mussolini Lesson Plan

This lesson plan gives you activities, discussion topics and questions, and a quiz that will help students understand Benito Mussolini and Italian fascism.

Winston Churchill Lesson Plan

10. Winston Churchill Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Winston Churchill. Students will read an informational text that includes a biography and an overview of impactful speeches. They will then discuss and analyze content, and apply learning in interactive activities. Finish strong with a quiz to check understanding.

Spanish Civil War Lesson Plan

11. Spanish Civil War Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides a mini-activity, an activity, an extension, a quiz, and example discussion topics and questions that will help students learn about the Spanish Civil War.

Stalingrad Lesson Plan

12. Stalingrad Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to explore one of the most significant battles between Russia and Germany, the Battle of Stalingrad. Students will complete a reading assignment, participate in discussion questions, and take a quiz.

Gandhi Lesson Plan

13. Gandhi Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about Mohandas Gandhi. A video lesson and activity will help students determine his accomplishments and understand how he helped the people of India.

Gandhi Lesson Plan for Elementary School

14. Gandhi Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Who was Mahatma Gandhi and what was his legacy? Teach your students the answers with the help of this lesson plan. A text lesson is used to list and explain key facts about his life and work before students are engaged in an activity that honors the activist.

World War II Propaganda Lesson Plan

15. World War II Propaganda Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach your students how propaganda was used in World War II. Students will read lessons and participate in group activities.

Italian Fascist Propaganda Lesson Plan

16. Italian Fascist Propaganda Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about Italian fascist propaganda. They will use this to analyze propaganda posters as primary sources, and will work in groups to curate mock exhibits on this topic.

Italian Fascist Propaganda: Definition, Techniques & Examples

17. Italian Fascist Propaganda: Definition, Techniques & Examples

In this lesson we will learn about the propaganda used by Fascist Italy. We will discover how dictator Benito Mussolini used propaganda to bolster his image and ''package'' his regime as the new Roman Empire.

Nazi Germany Lesson Plan

18. Nazi Germany Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about Hitler's rise to power in Germany. After watching and discussing an informative video, students will break into groups for greater research and discussion, before making presentations to the class.

World War II Simulation Lesson Plan

19. World War II Simulation Lesson Plan

This WWII simulation lesson plan gives you step-by-step directions for students to act as world leaders making decisions before and during the conflict like managing natural and military resources.

World War II Rationing Lesson Plan

20. World War II Rationing Lesson Plan

What is rationing and why was it necessary during WWII? This lesson plan relies on a text lesson and will take your instruction on rationing to a new level. An activity gives students a taste of life during periods of rationing.

World War II Homefront Lesson Plan

21. World War II Homefront Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the home front and American cultural support in World War II. They will interact with this knowledge by writing one-act plays set in 1940s America.

World War II Lesson Plan for Elementary School

22. World War II Lesson Plan for Elementary School

With this lesson plan, students will learn about the major parties of World War II as well as the destruction it caused and the lasting effects it has had. Students will then create a radio address to present to the class.

Aftermath of WWII Lesson Plan

23. Aftermath of WWII Lesson Plan

This lesson plan offers instruction for presenting the aftermath of World War II in Europe. Students will learn about the struggles of daily life and economic downturns after the war through active modeling, discussion, and written assignments.

WWII in Europe Lesson Plan

24. WWII in Europe Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students review the European Theater of WWII. Students then dive deeper into the material conducting research and collaborating with small groups to encourage critical thinking and a greater understanding of the events.

WWII British Evacuations Lesson Plan

25. WWII British Evacuations Lesson Plan

Students will have the chance to learn about British evacuations in World War II. They will build on this by analyzing propaganda posters, and then create their own.

Women in WWII Lesson Plan

26. Women in WWII Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about women's roles in American society during WWII. They will then create their own WWII-style propaganda posters to convey this information.

End of WWII in Europe Lesson Plan

27. End of WWII in Europe Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the end of World War II. Students will answer questions about a text and summarize the final battles of the war, as well as the aftermath.

Battle of the Bulge Lesson Plan

28. Battle of the Bulge Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the Battle of the Bulge with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz on the battle, and perform a hands-on activity to solidify concepts.

Europe, Asia, the Middle East & Africa Post-War Activities for High School

29. Europe, Asia, the Middle East & Africa Post-War Activities for High School

Helping students understand what happened in the world after World War II is an important part of modern world history. This lesson provides activities that will focus your students on post-war Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

D-Day Lesson Plan

30. D-Day Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to increase student understanding of D-Day. Students will watch a video lesson that provides an overview of events, discuss and interact with content, and apply to an activity.

WWII Project Ideas for High School

31. WWII Project Ideas for High School

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.

Operation Barbarossa Lesson Plan

32. Operation Barbarossa Lesson Plan

Educate your students about Operation Barbarossa with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take an accompanying quiz, and participate in a hands-on activity about the doomed military engagement.

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