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10 class periods of 45 minutes each
Designed to complement Utah WWII Stories series, this unit focuses on the contributions World War II veterans made during the war and how those contributions impacted the United States then and now.
KUED's Utah World War II Stories: The Struggle, Europe, The Pacific, The Home Front.
Visit UEN's Media Hub to download the four KUED video clips. Enter the keywords "Utah World War II Stories" in the Quick search box to locate the videos.
This unit is designed to complement KUED's Utah WWII Stories series. Short clips are time marked to be used as primary source material that includes interviews, photographs, film footage, and historical documentary.
This unit is designed around the Utah State Social Studies Core Curriculum and should be taught in accordance with state standards and objectives. Student background knowledge will vary according to grade level; elementary teachers should focus on an overview of World War II while secondary teachers should explore the subject in depth.
Students will understand the contributions World War II veterans made during the war and how those contributions impacted the United States then and now.
Several different approaches should be implemented while examining the U.S. role in World War II and the American home front. These teaching approaches should include (as appropriate) lectures, individual and group readings, cooperative group work, applicable audio and visual materials as well as pertinent technology resources.
Students should occasionally be asked to put themselves in the place of those who experienced life during World War II and to draw connections between events and attitudes of then and now in order to encourage critical thinking and reasoning skills.
Students will participate in various activities and assignments that utilize multiple levels of thinking skills. Choice is integral in helping students demonstrate their understanding and work to their individual strengths, and students will have opportunity for hands-on learning and practical application. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing critical thinking and reasoning skills during each phase of the instructional unit.
The War: Educational Resources
Web sites, lesson plans, and additional World War II resources.