Reality of War
Sara P. Chavarria
1 and 2 ready.
If choose to do so, make sufficient copies of Overhead 2 for
Overhead 1 – Ponder questions from the start of the
Overhead 2 or Handout 1 – Questions for students to answer
The purpose of this lesson is to use
their notes to address what the possible answers to
the student evaluation questions could be. This is
an activity meant to tie everything together so that
the class can transition into the next lesson.
Students will use research materials
developed earlier, students will synthesize data to
formulate an argument for or against war.
Era 8: A Half-century of crisis and achievement, 1900-
Standard 2: The causes and global consequences of World War I.
Standard 4: The causes and global consequences of World War II.
NCHS Era 9: The 20th century since 1945: Promises and Paradoxes.
Standard 1: How post-World War II reconstruction occurred, new international
power relations took shape, and colonial empires broke up.
Standard 2: The search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent
NCHS Historical Thinking Skills 3-E, 3-F, 4-D, 5-F,
Statement: Are wars acceptable solutions to situations?
a- Essay questions
Revisit Ponder Questions introduced in the Vote with
your Feet activity and introduce the following questions
for students to answer.
Overhead 1 - Ponder Questions teacher can use.
and women should have equal rights.
should be in combat just like men.
peace is achievable.
is okay to use chemical or biological weapons during
nuclear weapons helps to maintain the peace (deters
is so destructive we should avoid it at all costs.
2 or Handout 1: Class assignment:
Have students analyze what they learned.
A. Using your comparison matrix answer the following questions.
1. What were the three most common reasons/gains for war
to take place?
2. Compare the two wars. Make a list of any similarities
shared. Make a separate list of differences between the two.
Discuss Reasons, Results, People, and Technology.
B. The following questions should be answered using complete
sentences. Each answer should consist of at least 4-5 sentences.
They will be due the next day. Evaluation should be based
on how clearly students defend and explain their views on
war using the following evaluation rubric. (link)
3. What is war?
4. What does war accomplish? Is it necessary?
5. Aftermath of war: Often, economic stress due to food shortages,
high death numbers, and land devastation occurs during and
after wars. With wars resulting in so much loss is it reasonable
to see wars as acceptable solutions to situations? Explain,
concentrating on the long and short-term effects on human