Depression & World War II Unit


United States History
Great Depression & World War II Unit

Unit Enduring Understandings:
Recklessness, despair, and failure leads to re-evaluation of conditions and new opportunities.

Nazi aggression and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor rallied and unified Americans in support of the war both militarily and on the Home Front.

  1. Video Series: 20th Century America (1920s)
                                                          The Americans p. 618-633
      The Roaring Twenties: Section 1 Changing Ways of Life
                                            Section 2 The Twenties Woman
                                            Section 3 Education and Popular Culture
                                            Section 4 The Harlem Renaissance
                                                                 The Americans p.638-665

  1. Lecture/Analysis: The Great Depression
                                            The Great Depression (Password: kingshs) (Focus Questions)
                                            Depression Era: Overview & Causes
                                            Video: The 1930s (The Crash, Dust Bowl)

  1. Jackdaw Activity: The New Deal with Focus Questions
    • Broadsheet I: The Depression and Franklin Roosevelt
    • Broadsheet II: The Roosevelt Leadership
    • Broadsheet III: The New Deal in Action
    • Broadsheet IV: The New Deal in Action
    • Broadsheet V: New Deal Critics and the Election of 1936
    • Broadsheet VI: The Record of the New Deal

  1. Chart: New Deal Legislation        (Fireside Chat: Banking Crisis)
                                                             The Americans p. 694-727
                                                             "Huey Long" U.S. History in Context

  1. Simulation: Election of 1936: FDR v. Alf Landon

  1. Reading Strategy: Construct a paragraph using 8 of the following words:
                                    dictator              nationalism       neutrality
                                    totalitarian         chancellor         fortification
                                    purge                 aggression         alliance
                                    fascism              appeasement     blitzkrieg
                                                   
     7. Dictators Threaten World Peace (Guided Reading)
                                                             The Americans p. 734-747

     8. World War II Game: Data Sheet I (Areas/Features/Places)
                                              Data Sheet II (Actions/Battles/Campaigns/Sieges)
                                              Pre-Test, Game, Post-Test
                                                                   The Americans p. 756-763
                                                                   Video: Pearl Harbor by National Geographic

9. Flip Book “American Story of World War II”: Working in pairs, students will design a flip book featuring each year of World War II (1939-1945), that includes two events from each year with photos, illustrations and maps. One event will address the war directly; the other will address the American home front. Each event in the flip book must have an original paragraph describing the event and its importance to the war effort. The final page of the flip book will include your references/works cited. Your flip book will demonstrate the unit understanding; Nazi aggression and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor rallied and unified Americans in support of the war both militarily and on the Home Front. RUBRIC, MODEL
                                                                The Americans p. 775-793
                                                                U.S. History in Context
                                                                Wright Museum (W.W. II)
10. Cause & Effect: World War II
                                 Marshall Plan
                                                           The Americans p. 806-814
                                                            Class Handout

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