The purpose of this lesson is to help
students to understand that in order for them to form an
opinion of a situation they must first apprise themselves
with the facts in order to better defend their opinion.
By exploring the two global wars that have already taken
place (World War I and World War II), the students will
be able to transfer their understanding of what war is
and try to make sense of it in a real-case situation in
which there are warring factions, with the potential for
human atrocities being committed. The student should be
able to form an educated opinion from real facts and their
general understanding of warfare and destruction
The teacher must be familiar with three topic categories:
Resource Use (addressed in the 1st quarter), what war
is (Materials provided), and World Wars I and II (Use
Teacher Aide for additional information).
-Students will use online resources to
research leaders, causes, effects, and technology of
both World Wars and synthesize this information in a
-Students will analyze propaganda materials for both
World Wars for overt and subversive messages and write
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.
Standard 5. Major global trends from 1900 to the end 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
Standard 3: Major global trends since World War II.
NCHS Historical Thinking Skills 1-A, 1-E, 2, 3-B, 3-C, 3-E, 3-F, 3-G, 4-B, 4-C,
4-D, 5-E, 5-F
SOS Teacher Aide: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/sosteacher/browse/ks4_history.shtml