World War 2 Unit - 7 WW2 Lessons - PowerPoints - WWII Activities - WW2 Passages

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This curriculum unit includes 7 World War 2 lessons for 6-7 weeks of instruction & includes a printable & digital version. Some components are editable so you can tweak it to your students’ needs. Audios of the reading passages, quizzes, & tests are included. This is perfect for students with read-aloud accommodations. 

The included World War II lessons help you easily integrate literacy with your social studies content with graphic organizers that focus on one specific reading skill per organizer, & students will be analyzing primary documents.

This WWII curriculum unit can be used as a stand-alone in the classroom and as a homeschool curriculum.

It includes these 7 WW2 lessons:

⭐️ Causes of World War 2 lesson

⭐️ Major European Battles of WWII lesson

⭐️ Major Pacific Battles of World War II lesson

⭐️ The Rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party lesson

⭐️ The Holocaust lesson

⭐️ The Manhattan Project lesson

⭐️ Aftermath of WW2 lesson

This WW2 Unit includes:

✅ 7 editable PowerPoint presentations that cover WWII that can be used to facilitate discussion or have students take notes (PowerPoint presentations include carefully curated videos & links that will enrich the WW2 lessons)

✅ 7 slotted notes sets so students can focus on recording the important information from the PowerPoint presentation. Editable slotted notes included!

✅ 7 informational reading passages about World War II (There are TWO versions of the reading passage included. One is the "paper saver" version for when you have to limit your copies. The other is the "note-taking" version which has enough space for annotating and taking notes. This version also includes bolded headers for the different sections!)

✅ 28 activities (4 per lesson): Includes key terms, dates & events, significant items, significant people, political cartoon, geographical connection, and a literacy connection. Three of the four activities PER lesson have two levels: a basic recall and an application of knowledge.

✅ 7 quizzes for each of the World War 2 lessons included

✅ editable study guide

✅ editable unit test

✅ editable modified test

✅ answer keys for all components

✅ digital version of all components (Google & Easel)

✅ self-grading Google Forms version of quizzes, unit test, & modified unit test

✅ audio of reading passages, quizzes, unit test, & modified test (perfect for read-aloud accommodations)

✅ teacher's guide with suggested pacing map

PLUS these World War 2 activities:

⭐️ 7 graphic organizers 

⭐️ 14 World War 2 interactive notebook foldables

⭐️ 7 World War II primary source analysis pack

⭐️ 80 WW2 vocabulary word wall cards

⭐️ 6 WWII stations

⭐️ WW2 Simulation- Code Talkers

You will save 40% by purchasing this World War II unit.

Additional ways you can use these WW2 lessons:

⭐️Limited on copies or paper? Every component of this lesson is ready-to-go on Google & Easel, so you can easily assign itto your students. The quiz is also available on Google Forms, and I include explicit directions on how to assign and tweak (if desired) for your students. The quiz is also self-grading!

⭐️Short on time? Simply give students the reading passage, and they can complete the reading comprehension activities independently. All information needed for the activities is contained in the reading passage! These can also be used for homework.

⭐️Perfect for sub plans! These lessons require ZERO prep for substitute plans. Students can easily check their own answers with the included answer keys.

What teachers are saying about this World War II Unit:

❤️ “My students love the PowerPoint with videos embedded.  It is clear that you have taken a great deal of time to develop fantastic resources.  Thank you for making my lesson-planning load a little easier!”

❤️ “I have used this resource three years in a row, and what's more I have taught two different grade levels (one focused on US History and one on European) and have been able to adjust within what is provided in this unit. This resource is excellent and I will continue to use it! Challenging to students but they enjoy it, and easy for me to provide that rigor for them.”

❤️ “A true time-saver.  I purchased this to help me teach a World War II elective.  The quizzes are great and what is so awesome about this is you can edit anything you wish on here.  For example, I added more details to the notes.” 

❤️ “So easy to use, clearly done, excellent design, saved me hundreds of hours.

I usually like to do my own ppts/slides and I do modify these to suit my style. But that is far easier than creating everything for scratch. I love the slotted notes. I use them as a recall exercise after my presentation. Kids love it, it is broken down well, the answers are right in the ppt and the notes, and the recall aspect really helps them learn. Everything comes in 2 versions, google and regular, and that is great, too. A huge bargain. Thank you!’

❤️ “Great resource to have on hand for distance learning, regular classroom use, or a sub plan. Accurate and minimal prep.”

❤️ “Extremely clear and well put together. I am an English teacher teaching a War and Lit class, this bundle saved me a ton of time BBK so we can get to the Lit. If you're in a time crunch, it is easy to pick and choose what you use. The enclosed lesson plans also help organize and prioritize. THANK YOU!!!”

❤️ ”My son and I really enjoyed this WWII resource. It was full of information and the worksheets were great. It provides a great overview of what led to the war and the war itself. Great resource.”

❤️ “THIS RESOURCE IS A LIFE SAVER!!! I don't know what I would've done without it, can't wait for more complete units like this one!!”

❤️ “I purchased this Curriculum unit as my 8th-grade son, who is homeschooled this semester, wanted to learn more about WW II.  This unit is very comprehensive, laid out in manageable sections, and has everything a public school teacher would need to add to their History curriculum on WW II.  Thanks for all your efforts!”

Specific reading skills in this unit are:

series of events, cause-effect relationships, central idea, key details, summarization, cite text evidence, integrate multiple sources of information, author's purpose & text structure, & meaning of words/phrases using context clues.


US History Curriculum Complete Course

US History Curriculum Vol. 1

US History Curriculum Vol. 2

Unit 1: Indigenous Peoples of North America

Unit 2: Colonial America

Unit 3: American Revolution

Unit 4: Constitution & A New Nation

Unit 5: Age of Jackson & Sectionalism

Unit 6: US Civil War & Reconstruction

Unit 7: Gilded Age

Unit 8: Progressive Era & American Imperialism

Unit 9: World War 1

Unit 10: Roaring '20s & Great Depression

Unit 11: World War 2

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Colonial America Unit Bundle

American Revolution Unit Bundle

Constitution & A New Nation Unit Bundle

Age of Jackson & Sectionalism Unit Bundle

American Civil War Unit Bundle

Reconstruction Unit Bundle

Gilded Age Bundle

Progressive Era & U.S. Imperialism Unit Bundle

World War 1 Unit Bundle

Roaring '20s & the Great Depression Unit Bundle

World War 2 Unit Bundle

Cold War Bundle

Civil Rights Movement Unit Bundle

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202 pages + 115 ppt slides
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).


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