AMERICA: THE STORY OF US - EPISODE 10: WWII
THIS WORKSHEET SET INCLUDES TWO VERSIONS OF FILL-IN-THE-BLANK VIDEO NOTES FOR EPISODE 10 OF THE EPIC SERIES AMERICA: THE STORY OF US. THE FIRST VERSION IS LONGER, WITH 50 QUESTIONS, COVERS MAIN IDEAS AND SPECIFIC DETAILS, AND IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR HIGH SCHOOL OR STUDENTS WHO ARE ABLE TO WATCH THE VIDEO INDEPENDENTLY AND PAUSE WHEN NEEDED. THE SHORTENED VERSION HAS 35 QUESTIONS AND IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE WORKSHEETS ARE SEPARATED INTO SEGMENTS AND TIME STAMPED, SO TEACHERS CAN CHOOSE TO SHOW THE WHOLE VIDEO OR SIMPLY A SECTION RELATED TO THEIR CURICULUM. THE SET ALSO INLCUDES, IN ORDER, AN ANSWER KEY.
50 Question worksheet. 35 Question worksheet.
Do you want to show the History Channel's amazing video series, AMERICA: THE STORY OF US, EPISODE 10: WWII, but are afraid your students will become bored or stray off-task? Fear no more! This worksheet will keep students engaged, on-task, and increase their comprehension of the series. While watching the video, students will complete a series of fill-in-the-blank, true or false, and short answer questions. All questions follow the video in order. An answer key is included.
EPISODE SUMMARY FROM THE HISTORY CHANNEL:
It is 1939 and while war breaks out in Europe, America remains mired in the Great Depression. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 thrusts the U.S. into the war, changing the nation from an isolationist continent to a global player.
The nation taps into the vast manufacturing reserves that have been idle for ten years: factories, electrical plants, railroads. The war gives jobs to seven million unemployed – many of them women, nicknamed “Rosie the Riveters.” By 1944, the U.S. is producing 40% of the world’s armaments. The might of America’s strategy and supplies turns the tide of war. The U.S. Air Force launches pioneering daylight bombing raids over occupied Europe in B-17 bombers. Under the command of General Dwight Eisenhower, D-Day is an astonishing success.
In 1945, war in the Pacific is brought to a close by the atomic bomb. The enormous consequences of the atomic bomb would be debated for decades. Much of Europe is in tatters, and millions of Jews lost their lives in the Holocaust. As the war ends in 1945, a new world order has been created – and America has changed forever.
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