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Lesson Plans (15) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (9) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (2) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learning Assets (1)


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: Blogging the Home Front
Description: Students will create a journal of their fictionalized experiences on the home front of World War II. The journal will be presented in a blog format, dated correctly with images. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: Creating Interactive Maps of World War II
Description: Students demonstrate the scope, locations and events of World War II by creating an interactive Google Maps of theaters of the war. These maps will not only show the locations of events of the European and Pacific Theater, but allow students to relate the details, causes and ramifications of these events through images and text. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.


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Subject: Arts Education (6 - 12), or Social Studies (11)
Title: Music: A Vehicle for Wartime Protest
Description: Students will examine the significance of music as a medium for wartime protest. They will demonstrate their skills at interpreting primary source material to identify the artist's objections to war and investigate the historical context in which protest songs were written. Finally, students will choose their own wartime protest song to analyze and present to the class.  


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Subject: Social Studies (9 - 11)
Title: Three Principles of Civil Disobedience: Thoreau, Gandhi, and King
Description: Both Mahatmas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. were influenced by Henry David Thoreau's essay, "Civil Disobedience." Have students research and read, using the Internet, the first part of Thoreau's essay. Then have students write an essay analyzing how Thoreau's writing influenced Gandhi and King. Have them include in their essay the following:1. What is the focal point of "Civil Disobedience?"2. Did Gandhi and King agree with everything in Thoreau's essay?3. How did Thoreau's philosophies influence Gandhi and King?4. How did Gandhi influence King? This lesson was created to accompany the Alabama African American History Calendar Project.


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Subject: Social Studies (11)
Title: What FDR Meant to Me - A Graveside Ceremony for a Four Term President
Description: As a review of the presidency of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, students will prepare remarks from differing perspectives for a special graveside eulogy.  In addition to the remarks, students will bring symbolic mementos to leave at FDR's graveside. (See attachment)  Following the ceremony, students will reflect on each person's perspective of FDR and record these reflections using a web tool called Voicethread.


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Subject: Social Studies,Arts
Title: Images at War     
Description: The goals of this EDSITEment lesson are to examine American attitudes toward war as revealed in Civil War photographs and World War II homefront posters, to explore ways in which the experience of war has helped shape the American social and cultural identity, to gain experience interpreting archival images, and to organize a statement of findings.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies - Geography - Social Studies - United States History - Social Studies - World History
Title: Was the United States Ready for Pearl Harbor?     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students consider the United States level of preparedness for the Pearl Harbor attack and discuss what the U.S. could have done to be better prepared. Students conclude by writing letters to American military commanders in the summer of 1941, suggesting what they might do to prepare for a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Arts,Social Studies
Title: Jazz and World War II: A Rally to Resistance, a Catalyst for Victory     
Description: This EDSITEment lesson helps students understand the effects that World War II had on jazz music and the contributions that jazz musicians made to the war effort. Students explore the role of jazz in American society and the ways that jazz functioned as an export of American culture and a means of resistance to the Nazis. Gathering together excerpts of important works by both jazz historians and jazz musicians, the culminating activity helps students develop a broader historical perspective on the effects that World War II had on the course of jazz music.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Argument, Persuasion, or Propaganda? Analyzing World War II Posters     
Description: Students analyze World War II posters, as a group and then independently, to explore how argument, persuasion and propaganda differ.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Victory in the Pacific, 1943-1945     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, guides students through the military campaigns of the Pacific theater, tracing the path of the Allied offensives. Through an examination of historical documents and the use of an interactive map, students gain an understanding of what the Allies were trying to accomplish, and why. Moreover, they consider the controversial issue of the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: 'The Proper Application of Overwhelming Force'': The United States in World War II     
Description: In this unit of four lessons, from EDSITEment, students examine the role that the United States played in bringing about the Allies victory in World War II. They learn about the strategies that were developed and how they played out in reality. They become familiar with the two major theaters of the war--Pacific and European--and how developments in one affected the course of the fighting in the other. Finally, they learn how the various military campaigns--on land and sea, and in the air--all contributed to the war's successful conclusion.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942-1944     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, focuses on the overall strategies pursued by the Americans and their British allies in the initial months of World War II in Europe. By examining military documents and consulting an interactive map of the Pacific theater, students learn why they chose to focus on Germany rather than Japan, and why they opted to invade North Africa rather than France. Also, students study documents related to the U-Boat war in the Atlantic, learning why the defeat of the German submarines was so critical to an Allied victory.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Victory in Europe, 1944-1945     
Description: Normandy, and how the Allied offensive in the West contributed to Germany's defeat. Also, students study the summary report of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey for Europe, allowing them to gauge the effectiveness of the bombing campaign against German cities.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Social Studies
Title: Turning the Tide in the Pacific, 1941-1943     
Description: This lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, focuses on the overall strategies pursued by the Japanese and the Allies in the initial months of World War II in Asia and the Pacific. By examining military documents and consulting an interactive map of the Pacific theater, students compare what each side hoped to accomplish with what actually happened. Also, students have an opportunity to read personal accounts by those who fought in the Pacific War, giving them a glimpse of what conditions on the battlefront were actually like.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Star Students: Introducing the Holocaust and Elie Wiesel's Night
Digital Tool: Why Should We Remember?
Digital Tool Description: This eight minute video from the Birmingham Holocaust Educators Center introduces students to the Holocaust and explains the historical significance of remembering the genocide that took place.


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. DuBois: Differing Views
http://www.archives....
Students will read and illustrate Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech using either Photo Story or PowerPoint. Students will read an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk and complete an analysis sheet. Students will compare and contrast the viewpoints of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois using a Venn Diagram.

Podcasts


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Personal Perspective: A Korean Atomic Bomb Survivor
http://aboutjapan.ja...
Two men discuss Hiroshima from different perspectives and different voices.

Informational Materials


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Alabama African American History Calendar Project
http://alafricanamer...
Events in history help complete the understanding of African American history. This website provides a month-by-month outline of historic dates relevant to Alabama African American history offers readers a perspective that compliments the biographical data on African American leaders. This timeline view helps complete the picture of the African American impact on Alabama and United States history. A free, downloadable calendar with historic events from African American history can also be found on this site.

Interactives/Games


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World War II: Visit Literary Locations
http://www.googlelit...
Using Google Earth and this website, students can travel to different locations through different literary works that focus on World War II.

Learning Activities


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World War II: Visit Literary Locations
http://www.googlelit...
Using Google Earth and this website, students can travel to different locations through different literary works that focus on World War II.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Language Arts
Title: Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese in 1941.     
Description: Students use the Interactive Venn Diagram to compare the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the attacks on America on September 11, 2001.
Thinkfinity Partner: ReadWriteThink
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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