Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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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 on the World War II topic page.
  • 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: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about World War II while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie:  Create a documentary answering this question: What were the major events in World War II? (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying causes of major events of World War II, and their effects. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas) 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts that represent major events of World War II. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete the World War II worksheet, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

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

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of World War II with these topics: World War II Causes, Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Franklin D. Roosevelt

Time Zone X: World War IIChallenge players to put historical events in chronological order in this interactive timeline game.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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