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Turn your students into history detectives as they ponder over the origins and uses of these intriguing pieces of WWII history.
How many days should students research?
Allow at least 1-2 periods for student research. If possible, reserve library time for student research. Consult with the librarian ahead of time to pull WWII books for the students. Groups should write at least five to seven research questions on their selected date. Students should take notes from at least three resources, one print source, one reference source (internet or print), and one internet source. Select the amount of class and individual research time.
What sources should my student use?
We recommend that students use at least three sources, one print source, one reference source (either internet or print), and one internet source.
What are some sample websites?
- http://www.nationalww2museum.org/history/ - This page contains a timeline and a glossary.
- http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/timeline/ww2time.htm#1940 – This is a timeline.
- http://www.pbs.org/perilousfight/timeline/ - This is a timeline.
- http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/w2frm.htm - This site has eyewitness descriptions of WWII events, and it might be good for some quotes.
- http://www.feldgrau.com/april.html - This site focuses on dates for the Axis powers (mostly European Theater).
- http://worldwar2history.info/Pacific/ - this page gives a good summary of the events of WWII in the Pacific. Further exploration of the site may yield information about specific dates. There is a link at the bottom of the page to a page about the War in Europe. This site will be good when you are looking for more information about the events which happened on your date.
- http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/ww2Timeline/1917-45.html - This site from the University of San Diego summarizes the main events of each year of the war. If you click on a main event, you will get more detailed information with specific events.
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/series/september/1/newsid_3506000/3506335.stm - BBC’s “on this day” website. There is a useful scrolling dates window in the middle of this page. This is also a site where you can find more details about specific events.
- http://onwar.com/chrono - This website has facts for every date.
- http://www.historyorb.com – This is a web archive of historical facts and is searchable by date.
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