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In this document-based lesson, students will investigate the response of the US government to the start of WWII in Europe. As with all of my lessons, this lesson is document-based. Here is a run-down of what you can expect:
1. Lesson Plan - My lesson plan includes content standards addressed (specific to SC but translate easily to other states), daily objectives, key points, and end-of lesson assessment questions to gauge student mastery. I use Google Forms for my quizzes, but you could copy and paste these questions to any assessment format.
2. PowerPoint Presentation - My PowerPoint presentation guides you through the lesson, and you could easily modify to guide students through the lesson as well. It includes framing content, the historical question for the day, and notes and related visuals for students after they've examined the question on their own.
3. Documents - I've included the primary source documents that students will investigate during this lesson. Using the historical question, students (individually or in groups) will first read several primary source documents and decide whether they would have recommended that President Franklin Roosevelt involve the United States in WWII (prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor). Once time is up, put the historical question in front of students once more and facilitate a debate / discussion in which students cite specific evidence from the documents and consider the claims of other students. See the PPT Presentation for a visual anchor that displays how students could present this outline, but you could adjust this to fit your preferences. We use big whiteboards, but you could easily adapt this to an essay or individual outline.
4. Note-Taking Template - For most of my lessons, I include the template that students used for that specific lesson to take notes. The notes themselves can be found in the PowerPoint presentation, and they are aligned to the key points outlined in the lesson plan.
Another entire lesson for you to tweak and execute!