1) Students are to log in to Google Maps with a Google login.
2) Students are provided with a list of important battles of World War II. Example lists:
European Theater: Dunkirk Evacuation, Saar Offensive, Battle of Sedan, London Blitz, Operation Overlord: Normandy, Battle of Brest, Ardennes Counteroffensive, Gleiwitz incident, Stalingrad, Leningrad, Battle of Berlin
Pacific Theater: Pearl Harbor, Midway, Coral Sea, Bataan, Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Hiroshima, Naanking, Shanghai, Malacca Strait
The list of battles may vary for your class. The most important factor for inclusion is a specific locale for the battle. For example, Operation Barbarosa would not work for this lesson, as it was a several thousand mile front, where Stalingrad is a specific place. Another factor for consideration is the relevance of the battle/event. There are hundreds of island battles to choose from in the Pacific Theater, but battles that portray a major confrontation or a turning point (e.g. Leyte Gulf or Midway) are preferred.
3) Students will log in to Google Maps. They will click the buttons for "My Places" and choose to create a map with Classic MyMaps. The link is under the red "Create Map" button. (See attached image CreateWithClassic.png)
4) Students will find the location of the battle on the Custom Google Map, and using the blue pinpoint tool in the upper left hand corner of the map screen (See attached image BluePinpoint.png) place a map point on the location of the battle. Wikipedia, while not an adequate source for most purposes, contains coordinate locations of most battles if you wish to allow them to use it as a source.
5) In the Map Point Description for each pinpoint, students should include the name of the battle as the Title for the pinpoint. Using the Rich Text Editor, students will then include a picture, using the Add Picture button, from the battle, a description of the battle, and its relevance to the narrative of the theater of War. Images and information should be cited with a clickable Web link using the Link button. (See attached image DescriptionFrame.png)
6) Students should click the Link button at the top of the sidebar next to the Map. The checkbox marked "Short URL" should be checked. Students should copy and paste the shortened URL (it should resemble http://goo.gl/maps/XXXXXX) and submit this URL to the teacher for grading.
Ideas for variation:
The scope of the project may be moved to other wars or cultural movements.
Students may be asked to make their own list of important points to map and relevance of the selected points incorporated into assessment.