Assignments by Spine: (50 points)
Literature and Historical Analysis (30 points)
Read the book and complete the historical analysis paper, linked above.
Films and Historical Analysis
The films and books below have been selected based on written reviews and recommendations and represent a variety of reading levels and rigor. This list provides no guarantee that any given title is appropriate a given student, school or setting. Parents and teachers are responsible for evaluating and approving the selection of any book or film for each particular student.
Opposing Viewpoints (10 points for each 1 hour discussion)
Possible Essential Questions
If you need extra information, check these links:
Shmoop: US History
Spark Notes US History
Pearson Study Site
American History Mysteries
Document Based Question: DBQ
World War II was more important than the Great Depression in fundamentally transforming American society. Assess the validity of this statement based on your knowledge of American society between 1930 and 1945 and the documents below. (by Mr. Steven Mercado, Chaffey H. S., CA)
Projects (25 points)
Create a project that demonstrates your mastery of at least 3 of the "I CAN" statements.
25 Projects Synthesize your Learning
The ideas linked in the document below have been gathered from all over the web and from a variety of teachers. Thanks to all!
I CAN Statements
1. I can trace the incremental steps of US involvement in WWII.
2. I can describe the necessity of island hopping in the Pacific.
3. I can summarize the arguments for and against dropping the bomb.
4. I can give examples of human rights abuses committed during WWII.
5. I can identify reasons for Japanese aggression in the 1930s and 40s 6. I can understand the social and economic situations that allowed for the rise of dictators in Europe in the 1930s
7. I can describe ways Europe and America tried to avoid war
8. I can explain how after Europe erupted into war, America tried to help the Allies without entering the war
9. I can explain why the Japanese attacked us at Pearl Harbor, and the implications for America
10. I can identify ways Americans at home helped the war effort
11. I can describe how America's entry into the war affected the war as a whole
12. I can explain the implications and importance of the D-Day invasion
13. I can identify the significance of the Battle of the Bulge.
14. I can describe the situations that led to the end of the war in Europe
15. I can chronicle the events that led America through island hopping in the Pacific
16. I can analyze the situation with the war in the Pacific in 1945 and determine whether or not the atomic bomb should have been used.
17. I can describe how US deal with Japanese-Americans during World War as well as minority groups of Italians and Germans.