Use the map to watch the progression of Allied and Axis control

Western Allies - Blue : USSR and Allies - Red : Axis Powers & Axis occupied Territories -Black : Neutral Countries - Gray

Description of Unit:

World War II, or the Second World War, was a worldwide military conflict, the amalgamation of two separate conflicts. The first began in Asia in 1937 as the Second Sino-Japanese War; the other began in Europe in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland.

This global conflict split the majority of the world's nations into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis Powers. Spanning much of the globe, World War II resulted in the death of over 70 million people, making it the deadliest conflict in human history.

World War II involved the mobilization of over 100 million military personnel, making it the most widespread war in history. The war placed the participants in a state of "total war", erasing the distinction between civil and military resources. This resulted in the complete activation of a nation's economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities for the purposes of the war effort; nearly two-thirds of those killed in the war were civilians. Nearly 11 million of these civilian casualties were victims of the Holocaust -- which was conducted by Nazi Germany, largely in Eastern Europe -- and the Soviet Union.

Virginia SOL:

WHII.11 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide impact of World War II by
a ) explaining economic and political causes, major events, and identifying leaders of the war, with emphasis on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tojo, and Hirohito;
b ) examining the Holocaust and other examples of genocide in the twentieth century;
c) explaining the terms of the peace, the war crimes trials, the division of Europe, plans to rebuild Germany and Japan, and the creation of international cooperative organizations.

Unit Goals:
a) The class will learn the underlying reasons as to why counties go to war and compare it to current events.
b) The class will understand the actions taken by nongovernmental agencies to combat violence against man and women, regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity.
c) The class will apply the ideas learned from propaganda posters and political cartoons and learn to understand that there are many biases and opinions in the media.
d) The class will learn to become active in there community by learning such skills as interviewing and communication with others.

Unit Objectives:
a) Students will be able to formulate opinions on why nations/people go to war.
b) Students will be able to discus the events and causes leading to the Second World War.
c) Students will be able to assess the rise of nationalism how that played a pivotal role in the changing world.
d) Students will be able to explain America’s role at the beginning of the war and how it was eventually pulled into World War II.
e) Students will be able to recall the leader of nations during World War, be it military or political.
f) Students will be able to explain how the effects of war played out on citizens.
g) Students will be able to describe the conditions faced by soldiers in battle.
h) Students will be able to evaluate the use of propaganda during World War II.
i) Students will be able to analyze the Holocaust as a whole and be able to appraise the effects that this even had on the Jewish population.
j) Students will be able to summarize the belief of Aryan supremacy used by the Nazi Party to discriminate against the Jewish Population.
k) Students will be able to discuss and state the conditions found at liberation of the concentration camps in occupied Europe
l) Students will be able to discuss the peace agreements and the division of Europe following World War II.
m) Students will be able to discuss the formation of the UN, NATO and eventually the Warsaw Pact.
n) Students will be able to evaluate the efforts to rebuild Europe and Japan.
o) Students will be able to recall information about the war crimes trails that took place after World War II.

Essential Question: What is wars effect on humanity?

Section 1

- This section will contian the information pertaning to the main causes and events that lead to the beggining of World War II. The leaders during World War II. Additionally, this section would include information on American neutrality and isolationism.
Path to War
A photographic history or World War II

Section 2

-This section will contian the information pertaning to the major battles and events that took place in the European and Pacific Theater.
Horrors of War

Section 3

- This section will specifically deal with the Holocaust.

Section 4

-The section will cover the Atomic Bomb and the decision to drop it.
Atomic Bomb

Section 5

- Today you will be given time in class to work on your Oral history project.

Section 6

- This sectioin will wrap up the war on a glodal scale, and specificlly cover the creation of nongovernmental orginizations, the plans to rebuild Europe, and the war crimes trials that took place after World War II.

Section 7

- Oral history projects

Nonaggression Pact
Adolf Hitler
Lighting Attack
Joseph Stalin
Maginot Line
Charles de Gaulle
Winston Churchill
Battle of Britain
Operation Barbarossa
Atlantic Charter
Lend-Lease Act
Pearl Harbor
Battle of Midway
Madagascar Plan
Uganda Plan
Final Solution
Concentration Camp
Star of David
Erwin Rommel
Bernard Montgomery
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Battle of Stalingrad
Atomic Bomb
Enola Gay
Pearl Harbor
Douglas MacArthur
Nuremberg Trials
Axis Powers
Allied Powers
Versailles Treaty
Yalta Conference