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Ch 19: World War II - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Strengthen your understanding of World War II in preparation for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test. This chapter will detail the major causes, events, and results of World War II through a series of brief video lessons and quizzes.

World War II: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will learn about specifics of World War II, including the causes of significant events during the war. To develop your knowledge in anticipation of the exam's history-based questions, view these video lessons and learn more about the following:

  • Military aggression, appeasement, and other causes of World War II
  • Hitler in Poland, Japanese invasion of China, and the beginnings of World War II
  • Pearl Harbor and the end of American neutrality
  • World War II in Europe
  • The Nazis and the Holocaust
  • Japan and the Pacific Ocean Theater of the war
  • D-Day and the fall of Nazi Germany
  • Development and use of the atomic bomb
  • International politics, the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences

When you view these brief video lessons, keep in mind our expert instructors are available to answer any content questions you may have. After completing each lesson, be sure to take the interactive quiz to determine how well you comprehend the material and to practice answering multiple-choice questions as you will on the exam.

World War II: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Objectives

In order to attain licensure for teaching middle grades social science courses, you must demonstrate a clear knowledge of content material. The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test will gauge your comprehension of numerous objectives, including your ability to analyze the major events, causes, and consequences of World War II. Of the 150 multiple-choice questions on the test, half will relate to history facts, including World War II-based content. The lessons of this chapter will help you gain confidence in your ability to answer these types of questions by allowing you to review pertinent information and take practice quizzes.

10 Lessons in Chapter 19: World War II - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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.

How World War II Impacted American & European Society

5. How World War II Impacted American & European Society

In this lesson, you'll learn about the impact World War II on American and European society. We'll explore the notable social changes and trends brought about by the war.

The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and Genocide in Nazi Germany

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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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