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 63 questions based on a Crash Course World History video and the website HistoryNet.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Crash Course World History Video: World War II. The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of the time. The video will introduce the topic by discussing the debate that exists surrounding the beginning date of World War II (invasion of Manchuria, invasion of China, invasion of Poland). Following that, the video will go over first the rise of Hitler's Nazi Germany, the successful use of Blitzkrieg tactics in the west, the Battle of Britain, the invasion of the Soviet Union, North Africa, D-Day, Stalingrad, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Berlin by the USSR. After discussing the European theater, the video will focus on Japan and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Midway, the island hopping campaign, and the atomic bombing of Japan. The video goes in to detail when discussing many allied powers (USA, UK, Canada, Australia) and closes by reviewing the Holocaust and Hitlers idea of lebensraum. After finishing the video, students will proceed to an article on the HistoryNet website about World War II. The article will give students a much more concrete understanding of the death and destruction caused by World War II. Casualty figures, details about the D-Day landings, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima, and more of the causes of the war are reviewed. Students will learn more about Japan's motivations for bombing Pearl Harbor and the sheer ferocity of the Pacific campaign. The use of Kamikaze pilots and the importance of aircraft carriers are also covered.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.