In this unit we will be learning about World War II and the people, places and events of the European and Pacific theaters using an abundant amount of resources. Students will investigate the Holocaust and the devastating effects of Hitler's final solution. Students will also debate the pros and cons of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima at the end of WWII. Student will demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of assessments. They will be creating and developing authentic works of graphic organizers, posters, movie reviews and a host of other materials.
Unit 4 Essential Questions
- What were the events in China, Ethiopia and Spain that led to global conflict and why did Germany begin to annex neighboring territories?
- Why is the invasion of Poland considered the beginning of WWII and how did the United States contribute to the war effort?
- Why did Hitler have to fight the war on two fronts and how did the United States get involved in the war?
- What was the Holocaust and what were the ideological and social understandings that led to this tragedy?
- What have been the lasting legacies of the Holocaust and the invention of nuclear weapons in the second half of the 20th Century?
- Determine how the events in China, Ethiopia and Spain led to global conflict and explain why Germany began to annex neighboring territories.
- Identify the invasion of Poland as the beginning of WWII and evaluate contributions made by the United States that aided
- in the war effort.
- Discuss Hitler's fighting the war on two fronts and explain how the United States entered the war
- Examine the Holocaust and the end of the war in Europe and Asia and how the atomic bomb changed everything.
- The Second World War was a global conflict that had its roots in the failure of the Treaty of Versailles to foster any meaningful commitment to global cooperation or a vision of economic interdependence.