World War II (WWII) Project-Based Unit
SS5H6 The student will explain the reasons for America’s involvement in World War II.
a. Describe Germany’s aggression in Europe and Japan’s aggression in Asia.
b. Describe major events in the war in both Europe and the Pacific; include Pearl
Harbor, Iwo Jima, D-Day, VE and VJ Days, and the Holocaust.
c. Discuss President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and
d. Identify Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill, Hirohito, Truman, Mussolini, and Hitler.
e. Describe the effects of rationing and the changing role of women and African-
Americans; include “Rosie the Riveter” and the Tuskegee Airmen.
f. Explain the U.S. role in the formation of the United Nations.
This unit is set up as a project-based unit. You’ll find the EQ and standards listed first, followed by mini-lesson dates (change these accordingly). Next is a sheet of project choices. You can let students pick one from a certain section, or let them complete all at their pace. I prefer to give due dates for the first project, etc. so they have parameters within which to work. Following the choices section, is the summative assessment.
You can lead the unit in your own style. My style is to lead a conversational discussion each day on a topic. Discussions can be short or a little longer if students are engaged more. I try to tie topics together within a unit as well as past/future units.