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This Date in WWII History

Grade Levels: 6-12

Time Needed: 6-8 class periods 

How To:  Here are step by step (and some period by period) instructions on how best to complete the project.

  1. Teacher Introduction
  2. Technology Introduction
  3. Student Introduction
  4. Research Process
  5. Script Creation
  6. Recording Process
  7. Presentation
  8. Museum Submission

Benchmarks: This lesson conforms to the National Center for History in the Schools, International Society for Technology in Education, National Council of Teachers of English, and the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning Standards.




  • Understand the cause and course of World War II, the character of war at home and abroad, and its reshaping of the U.S. in world affairs.
  • Understands the overall effect of World War II on various facets of society (e.g., the impact on industrial production, political goals, communication, national mobilization, technological innovations, and scientific research, and how these in turn made an impact upon war strategies, tactics, and levels of destruction; the consequence of World War II as a “total war”)
  • Understands the Holocaust and its impact on Jewish culture and European society (e.g., the chronology of the Nazi “war on the Jews,” and the geography and scale of Jewish deaths resulting from the policy; personal reasons for resistance to or compliance with the Nazi policies and orders; the brutality of Nazi genocide in the Holocaust as revealed in personal stories of the victims)
  • Understands the influences on the outcome of World War II (e.g., the major turning points in the war; the principal theaters of conflict in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, North Africa, Asia, and the Pacific; the political and diplomatic leadership of individuals such as Churchill, Roosevelt, Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin.
  • Obtain historical data from a variety of sources, including: library and museum collections, historic sites, historical photos, journals, diaries, eyewitness accounts, newspaper, and the like.
  • Identify issues and problems of the past.
  • Formulate historical questions.
  • Analyze the interests, values, and points of those involved in the dilemma or problem situation.
  • Knows the different types of primary sources
  • Understands the motives, interests, and biases expressed in a primary source.




  • Conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
  • Use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes ( e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
  • Employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences and for different purposes.




  • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  • Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others using a variety of media and formats
  • Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  • Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  • Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
  • Understand and use technology systems; troubleshoot systems and applications; and transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
  • Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
  • Select and use applications effectively and productively.

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