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World War II: The Home Front

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Author:Germaine Stroud
System: Huntsville City
School: Challenger Middle School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 6999


World War II: The Home Front


World War II opened a new chapter in the lives of Americans. It was a time of social change and a marked increase in patriotism. In this lesson, students will explore how World War II affected civilians at home.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
2 ) Publish digital products that communicate curriculum concepts.

Examples: Web pages, videos, podcasts, multimedia presentations

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
5 ) Use basic features of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation software.

Examples: word processing—reports, letters, brochures

-  spreadsheets—discovering patterns, tracking spending, creating budgets

-  databases—contact list of addresses and telephone numbers

-  presentation software—slideshow

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
6 ) Select specific digital tools for completing curriculum-related tasks.

Examples: spreadsheet for budgets, word processing software for essays, probes for data collection

Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
9 ) Practice responsible and legal use of technology systems and digital content.

Examples: avoiding plagiarism; complying with acceptable-use policies, copyright laws, and fair use standards; recognizing secure Web sites

•  Identifying examples of computer crime and related penalties
Examples: computer crime—phishing, spoofing, virus and worm dissemination, cyberbullying

-  penalties—fines, incarceration

•  Citing sources of digital content
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 6
United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
7 ) Identify changes on the American home front during World War II.

Example: rationing

•  Recognizing the retooling of factories from consumer to military production
•  Identifying new roles of women and African Americans in the workforce
•  Describing increased demand on the Birmingham steel industry and Port of Mobile facilities (Alabama)
•  Describing the experience of African Americans and Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II, including the Tuskegee Airmen and occupants of internment camps (Alabama)
Insight Unpacked Content
Column Definitions

Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Studies: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
Evidence of Student Attainment:
  • Describe the types of rationing implemented and the reasons rationing was necessary.
  • Describe the shift in factory production from consumer to military during WWII.
  • Describe the changing role of women and ethnic minorities in the workplace.
  • Describe the industrial contributions of Alabama during WWII, including ports and facilities.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • internment camp
  • rationing
  • Birmingham steel industry
  • Port of Mobile
  • Tuskegee Airmen
  • retooling
Students know:
  • The types of rationing that occurred in the United States during WWII.
Students are able to:
  • Cite evidence to support changes on the home front using primary and secondary sources.
  • Evaluate the contributions of significant individuals and/or groups in the US during WWII.
Students understand that:
  • Many changes occurred in the United States during WWII.

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will identify the impact World War II had on civilian Americans and associate posters of the time with attitudes of the time. Students will create a digital slideshow or newsletter incorporating content acquired through research.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

US History text

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer with Internet access and presentation software, digital projection device, word processing software, printer, storage device such as a floppy disk (optional), files attached to this lesson plan (World War II Powerpoint Student Handout, World War II PowerPoint Sample, World War II Newsletter Student Handout, Rubric World War II PowerPoint, and Rubric World War II Newsletter)


Students should have basic knowledge of the main causes and events of World War II through classroom instruction. Students will need a working knowledge of Internet research with Boolean operators, presentation and word processing software.

1.)Pass out student handout for activity. Show samples created by teacher. Discuss samples: how it would be used, messages conveyed, and how it reflected the attitudes of the times. Have students select theme or themes they wish to research such as rationing, conservation, or patriotism, etc. (See attachments for handouts.)

2.)Create folder on computer to save files and images. This folder will be saved on the server or to a floppy disk.

3.)Show students how to access Internet search engines such as those included below and use Boolean operators to narrow the search results. Have students locate and save information and images to the folder and print a hard copy of the information as needed. Students should also take written notes or otherwise document bibliographic information.

(Alta Vista)
Comprehensive Internet search engine

(Alabama Virtual Library)
Extensive collection of reference materials, including encyclopedias and periodicals.

6.)Instruct students to lay out a rough draft of the slides to be created on plain paper using their research information and noting the images they want to include.

7.)Briefly go over the use of Powerpoint or other presentation software to be used. Students will then creat slideshows using their images and information following the guidelines on the handout. (See "Powerpoint Student Handout" attachment.)

8.)Assign partners for students to share and critique projects.

9.)Allow time for students to edit and polish the presentations.

10.)Allow class time for students to present their slideshows to the class. Encourage students to take notes on pertinent points developed through the presentations.

11.)Students will print out and turn in the a hard copy of the PowerPoint slides and the rough draft. Use the rubric (see attached) for evaluating the slideshows. The teacher may wish to make notes and comments on the hard copy that students turn in and give to students as feedback.

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Assessment Strategies

Rubrics (see attached) will be used for assessment of the presentation and newsletters.


Increase the number of themes encompassed by the slideshow or newletter OR use one theme and do an in-depth explanation of how it affected the homefront-- how America responded and the effect this had on the country post-war using pictures as well as posters. As an enrichment activity have students create a newsletter (see attachments).


Allow extra computer lab time in the morning, after school, or during study hall.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.