Great Depression – World War II Lessons Using First Day Covers
This eBook contains eleven U.S. History warm up/review lessons from the Presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt through the administration of President Harry Truman and the end of World
War II.Each lesson is based on the students analyzing the images found on a first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork). The lessons provide the teacher with strategies to hook students on the topic of study, such as questions targeting the 5W/H as well as analyzing, generalizing, drawing inferences or conclusions, and cause and effect. Images can be projected onto a white board for whole class discussion or printed out for individual student work. Other primary sources (diary entries, letters, photos, resolutions and excerpts from speeches) where appropriate may be included in the lesson, and each lesson has a concluding activity. The lessons can be a quick introduction to a fuller lesson all ready created by the teacher, or it can be a way to provide students with the images and facts needed to remember the history necessary to pass the state standardized test. The eleven lessons include: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl and Dorothea Lange, Marian Anderson, Pearl Harbor, Propaganda to WIN the WAR, Six U.S. Military Leaders/Heroes, Women in World War II, the D-Day Invasion, Truman’s Decision to Use the Atomic Bombs, the Creation of the United Nations.