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BBC History World War II

The BBC hosts this amazing site on World War II, with articles describing key events in each of the phases of the war. The articles feature many of the top experts on WWII history on a variety of in-depth topics. For the basics, check out the WWII timeline, but for students looking for audio files on Churchill's speeches or historic TV and radio, there are resources here that are hard to find elsewhere.

Published by BBC in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Curriculum Areas:History/Social Science
Themes/Keywords: Cold War
Genocide
Holocaust
World War II


Vocabulary
Holocaust, invasion, Blitzkrief, Nazis, appeasement, conquest, beachhead, Churchill, Cold War


Essential Question(s)
1. What were the causes, events, and people of the most destructive war in history?

Discussion Question(s)
1. How did the peace brokered at the end of the Great War lead the world into a second, yet more destructive conflict?
2. Had Britain's wartime leader truly stood alone in his opposition to appeasement, or did he rewrite history to portray himself in a better light?
3. What was life like for children in World War Two?
4. Why did Japan invade Pearl Harbor?
5. Why did we drop the atom bomb on Hiroshima?

Extension and Activities
1. Make a timeline of events during World War II.
2. Have students research the propaganda that Hitler used to sell Nazism


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