Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, World War II, and supports the standard of analyzing the major issues of World War II. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Ask students:

  • What do you know about World War II?
  • Who do you think fought in World War II? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the five Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a documentary chronicling the major events of World War II. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying causes of major events of World War II, and their effects. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts that represent major events of World War II.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about World War II. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How did World War I impact the events of World War II?
  • What implications do the events of World War II have today? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the World War II Quiz

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Expand students’ World War II learning with related BrainPOP topics, including World War II Causes, Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Franklin D. Roosevelt

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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