To provide an overview of the major events of the Second World War.
1 class period
In this lesson, students have an opportunity to compare their decision-making skills with those of some of the key figures who influenced the course of World War II. Class members decide what they would have done if they had been in the position of such people as General Dwight D. Eisenhower or President Harry S. Truman during the war years.
Read through the lesson with the class. After each question, students will circle the letter (a, b, or c) of the action they would have taken at the time of World War II. For example, question #2 discusses the attack on Pearl Harbor and asks students to pretend they are a member of Congress who must decide the best way to increase the manpower of the U.S. army, navy, air force, and marines. For each question, ask a few students to give a reason for their choice. Then announce the decision that was actually made. Point out that the decisions made were not always the ones that should have been made, given historical hindsight.
Some of the questions require students to look at maps of Europe and the Pacific region. The maps show that while the Allies were trying to push back German and Italian armies in Europe, another campaign was taking place in the Pacific against Japan.
The lesson concludes with a fun Contest where students must fill in the missing letters of important words, names, and terms in order to complete sentences describing events of World War II.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.