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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: Why did the United States Join WWII? Name: Robert Linares

Content Area: History (Social Studies) Grade Level: 10th

CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):

World History, Culture, and Geography: The Modern World
10.8 Students analyze the cause and consequences of World War II.

2. Understand the role of appeasement, nonintervention (isolationism), and the domestic distractions in Europe and the United States prior to the outbreak of World
War II.
3. Identify and locate the Allied and Axis powers on a map and discuss the major turning points of the war, the principal theaters of conflict, key strategic decisions,
and the resulting war conferences a
6. Discuss the human costs of the war, with particular attention to the civilian and military losses in Russia, Germany, Britain, the United States, China, and Japan.

Key Ideas and Detail:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific
details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2 Determine central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the
relationships among the key details and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3 Evaluate various explanations for action or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence,
acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Craft and Structure

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.5 Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the
text contribute to the whole.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.9 Integrate information from diverse sources both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting
discrepancies among sources.

Big Ideas/Unit Goals:

Big Ideas
World War II was the largest and most expensive war ever, as well as the most difficult to settle.
United States joining World War II was a huge turning point for the war.
The U.S. joined the Allies (Britain, France, and the USSR) to fight the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) after, they were attacked by the Japanese at
Pearl Harbor in 1941.
On June 4, 1944 the Allies launch the Normandy invasion on the beaches of northern France, commonly referred to as D-Day.
Unit Goals
Students will research all information needed to understand why the United States joined WWIII.
Students will learn why the United States was an important role in the Allies side.
Students will develop questions, comments, and knowledge on the involvement of the United States in WWII.

Unit Summary:
In this unit, you will learn about why the United States decided to joined World War II and the importance of this choice on history. You will learn that United States
Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower had strong belief that America "will accept nothing less than a full victory." We will cover World War II and focus on the events
leading to the reason why United States decided to join the war. Lucky for the class, World War II is my favorite topic. You will learn the reasons why United States
joined the war, and how important this decision was to history. To learn why the United States joined the war, we will: watch short films to inform you on the certain
events, and read articles found on the Internet. There will be assignments provided for you to complete and ensure that you have gained an understanding as to why
the United States joined the war. These assignments will include a review of Lecture and Guided notes, a Timeline, a Pic Collage iPad assignment, a Survey, and an
Essay Letter. You will be surprised on the chain of events this decision had on our history and more importantly on World War II. So please feel free to review all the
information on this site.

Assessment Plan:
Entry-Level: Formative: Summative:
Survey of students prior understandings Guided Notes on lecture that was gone over in class WWII Letter written by the students describing
Stories and Questions to engage the students in the WWII Pic Collage on an event that was not covered multiple events as if they were there witnessing it
topic in class Final Exam on objectives and big idea
Timeline on significant events students choose
Peer Edit on WWII Letters

Lesson 1 (Teacher Lecture)

Student Learning Acceptable Evidence Lesson Activities:
Objective: (Assessments): Students will view and listen to the lecture provided to them. They will participate and follow along with
Students will explain why the Students will complete their their guided notes. The notes mirror the presentation so the students may follow along with ease. The
United States joined World guided notes and fill in the lecture starts off with information that touches on the beginning of World War II. Throughout lecture
War II and know the reasons information missing, as well there will be question for students to think about and discuss as a whole group. They will write down
that lead to this decision. as answering the short their answers to the questions on their guided notes. The lecture includes many visuals so the students
They will be able to explain questions found on the stay engaged on the topic. After the short films and images on the presentation, students will discuss
why United States joined the notes. their thoughts with a partner.
Lesson 2 (iPad Lesson)
Student Learning Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities:
Objective: Using the internet and Students will use the internet and search Google for WWII event that was not covered in class.
Students will research search engines, students will Students will use their iPads to search and read through various articles and pages. They will select
events that were not complete an iPad Lesson to the event that they find the most interest in. They will find pictures and facts to support their
discussed in class. They will
learn about a new significant assignment. The students will narrow down the most important facts that they would like to put in their
learn about the event and World War II event. Students collage. Students will research all the available information and pick the information that will fit best in
explain what they learned will explore many new their Pic collage. Students will have to spend extensive amounts on the web searching for the best
from the event an how it had
events and pick the one that image and facts to provide a well balanced collage.
an impact in World War II. they find most interesting.
The students will be able to
share facts and images
explaining what they have
learned about the event.
This new information will
teach other peers of new
significant WWII events.
Lesson 3 (Graphic Organizer)
Student Learning Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities:
Objective: Students will create a For the timeline, students will explore the web and search WWII events. This time around, they will
Students will explain WWII timeline, of WWII, using the need to do choose their events chronologically. These events will start from the beginning of WWII to
events (that they choose) in website provided to them. the end of the war. It will be a review of WWII and everything they have learned. The students are
a timeline. Students will They will be able to add encouraged to add new events that they feel had an impact on the war. Major events need to be added
consider a handful of events images and brief in the timeline, but they are free to add new information on any new event they research. When the
and lay them out in a descriptions to this timeline. timeline is complete, students will be encouraged to share their timeline so that they may exchange
timeline. They will learn new The simple use of this information to peers. This will allows for new information to be learned from other students timeline,
events and review events timeline will allow more time and easily allows new information about WWII to be spread.
already learned. Overall, for students to thoroughly
they will learn how their new search and find information
researched events affected to create the best timeline.
World War II. Students will have created
12-16 events of WWII in
chronological order by using
brief facts and corresponding
images in their timeline.
Unit Resources:
Digital Unit Plan Site:
Entry-Level Survey:
iPad Lesson:
Pic Collage:
WWII Collage Instructions + Rubric:

Timetoast WWII Example:
Access to Textbook:
Timeline Grading Rubric:

Lecture/Guided Notes:


WWII Letter Rubric:

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