The United States and World War Two Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- This is an 18 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 55 questions based on a Crash Course U.S. History video and the website: U.S. History.org.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Crash Course U.S. History Video: World War II Part I. The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of the time. The video will first examine U.S. isolationism at the outbreak of World War II in Europe. Cash and carry arm sales to Britain, the 1940 draft, and Lend Lease are then examined. Pearl Harbor, and the war against Japan and Germany is then covered. The Philippines/Bataan Death March, Coral Sea, Midway, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa are all examined. The United States policy of island hopping is also reviewed. The video then switches over to the European theater and covers the North African landings, the Italian campaign, D-Day, the liberation of Paris, and the advance into Germany. Distrust between the Western Allies and the Soviets is continually mentioned to help foreshadow the coming Cold War. The video concludes with an examination of the dropping of the atomic bomb. Different theories and arguments are presented either supporting or going against the decision to drop the bomb. Students are able to see how history is easy to judge in the present but how decision makers in the past had a much harder time since they had no idea how the future would turn out. Following the video, students will proceed to the U.S. History.org website. The readings on this site will provide a much greater level of detail when explaining the many battles and events that America was involved in during World War II. A lot of detail is given to the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb as well.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.