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World War II In My Backyard

Grade Levels: 9-12

Time Needed: Minimum 6-8 fifty minute class periods

How To:  Here are step by step instructions on how best to complete the project.

  1. Teacher Introduction
  2. Technology Introduction
  3. Student Introduction
  4. Research Process
  5. Web Text Creation
  6. Web Designing 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 Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Standards.




  • 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 causes and course of World War II, the character of war at home and abroad, and its reshaping of the U.S. in world affairs.
  • Create a historical narrative about the history of his or her local community from data gathered from local residents, records found in early newspapers, historical documents and photographs, and artifacts and other data found in local museums and historical societies.
  • Describe local community life long ago, including jobs, schooling, transportation, communication, religious observances, and recreation.
  • Interpret population data from historical and current maps, charts, graphs, and census tables in order to make generalizations about the changing size and makeup of the local community.
  • Identify a problem in the community’s past, analyzing the different perspectives of those involved, and evaluate choices people had and the solution they chose.




  • 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.





  • Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
  • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  • Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  • Select and use applications effectively and productively.


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