Engage your students in one of America's greatest debates: whether or not to involved the nation in the escalating World War II. With this great lesson, student pairs analyze speeches made in support and opposition to the passage of the Lend-Lease Act. Working together, arguments are pulled out of the scaffolded primary sources and shared with an opposing pair reading an opposite perspective. To conclude the activity, students get to make their own choice about what to do.
Lesson plan includes outline for teacher, a background reading and directions for students, a scaffolded handout to record arguments on, and four primary sources that have been excerpted with line numbers added.
Looking for more engaging World War II class activities? Check out "You Make the Choice: America, World War II, and Ethical Decision-Making
" or "Arsenal of Democracy: Analyzing Economic Mobilization & Propaganda During WWII