Standard 6: Understand the causes and course of World War II, the character of the war at home and abroad, and its reshaping of the United States role in the post-war world.

General Information
Number: SS.912.A.6
Title: Understand the causes and course of World War II, the character of the war at home and abroad, and its reshaping of the United States role in the post-war world.
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 912
Strand: American History

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Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Access Points

SS.912.A.6.AP.1
Identify major causes and consequences of World War II on the United States and the world.
SS.912.A.6.AP.2
Identify the United States response in the early years of World War II (Neutrality Acts, Cash and Carry, Lend Lease Act).
SS.912.A.6.AP.3
Identify the impact of the Holocaust during World War II on Jews and other groups.
SS.912.A.6.AP.4
Identify the actions to expand or contract rights for various populations during World War II.
SS.912.A.6.AP.5
Identify an impact of World War II on domestic government policy.
SS.912.A.6.AP.6
Identify a reason for the use of atomic weapons during World War II and the aftermath of the bombings.
SS.912.A.6.AP.7
Identify attempts to promote international justice through the Nuremberg Trials.
SS.912.A.6.AP.8
Identify the effects of the Red Scare on United States domestic policy.
SS.912.A.6.AP.9
Identify the reason for the formation of the United Nations, including the contribution of Mary McLeod Bethune.
SS.912.A.6.AP.10
Identify a cause and consequence of the early years of the Cold War (Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, NATO, Warsaw Pact).
SS.912.A.6.AP.11
Identify the various viewpoints about the spread of nuclear technology in the United States and the world.
SS.912.A.6.AP.12
Identify a cause and consequence of the Korean War.
SS.912.A.6.AP.13
Identify results of significant foreign policy events during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
SS.912.A.6.AP.14
Identify a cause and consequence of the Vietnam War.
SS.912.A.6.AP.15
Identify a key event or person in Florida history related to United States history

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this topic.

Assessments

Quiz: The Second World War:

Test your knowledge of World War II with this 12-question multiple choice quiz provided by Khan Academy. Good luck!

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Quiz: 1970s America :

Test your knowledge of 1970s America in this 14-question quiz provided by Khan Academy.

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Quiz: 1950s America:

Try this 8-question multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about America in the 1950s. Foreign and domestic policy are both included in these questions.

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Quiz: The Post-War Era, 1945-1950:

Try this 13-question multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about post-WWII America and the beginnings of the Cold War.

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Quiz: 1960s America :

Try this 14-question multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about America in the 1960s. Foreign and domestic policy are both included in these questions.

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Lesson Plans

The Red Scare (1 of 3):

Students will be introduced to the origins of communism, the growing threat of the Soviet Union after War II, and the impact of the Red Scare on the United States and its citizens. This is lesson 1 of 3 in a mini-unit integrating civics and U.S. History.

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The "Red Scare" (3 of 3):

  • A guided practice containing primary source political cartoons from the "Red Scare" for students to analyze.

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The Red Scare (2 of 3):

A guided practice incorporating primary source text used to demonstrate the growing threat of communism and its effect on U.S. citizens during the Red Scare.

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Cold War Proxy Wars: Vietnam War:

This Vietnam War lesson starts with a background reading and questions on tensions with the French and the Domino Theory. Students will make predictions about arguments for and against entering the war and the impact of public opinion. Next, they will map a divided Vietnam and surrounding areas to evaluate Domino Theory. Students will be given primary sources to categorize if the source supports or challenges the war and ultimately write a thesis statement if they think the war was justified. This is lesson 3 of 3 in a mini-unit integrating civics and history.

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Cold War Proxy Wars: Korean War:

In this Korean War lesson, students will activate background knowledge by analyzing a quote on containment. They will investigate the Korean War through primary sources while creating a map of the war. The map focuses on the 38th Parallel, major battles, the new Demarcation Line, and Demilitarized Zone. Students will compare their maps from the beginning of the lesson to their final map in order to reflect on the Korean War. 

This lesson can be done independently, in small groups, or in stations. 

 This is lesson 2 of 3 in a mini-unit integrating Civics and History

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Japanese Internment:

In this lesson, students will explain why the U.S. government-imposed restrictions on Japanese-Americans, a special population of U.S. citizens, during World War II, and understand why SCOTUS ruled for the restrictions, rather than enforcing the Bill of Rights.

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U.S. Foreign Policy Agendas: 1945-1974:

In this lesson, students will read and complete a chart about significant foreign policy events during the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.

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Cold War Containment: Part 3, Political Cartoons :

Students will build upon prior knowledge of containment by analysis of primary sources that support and critique how to respond to the spread of communism. They will categorize these sources as ‘for’ or ‘against’ containment and the Truman Doctrine to represent there was disagreements on the best way to handle the USSR. Students will answer reflection questions connecting the view of communism seen in the sources to the Truman Doctrine. Then, students will create two of their own political cartoons, one in support and one against containment. The teacher can choose to extend the activity by doing a gallery walk of the cartoons.

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Cold War Containment: Part 2:

Students will learn about early events of the Cold War and containment through analysis of primary sources of the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan. They will annotate the sources and answer critical thinking questions about why containment was imperative and how certain political ideologies conflict with democracy. This is lesson 2 in a mini unit integrating civics and social studies.

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Containment: Cold War Part 1:

In this lesson, students will learn about the early stages of the Cold War when the United States and Soviet Union navigated how to both be superpowers through a short reading. Then, they will identify and color countries on a map that exemplifies the divide between the East and West. This is lesson 1 of 3 in a mini unit integrating civics and social studies.

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Restricting Rights: Japanese Internment during WWII:

In this lesson plan, students will analyze primary sources by participating in a gallery walk of images related to Japanese internment camps.   

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Rights Contracted or Expanded :

In this lesson plan, students will determine whether the rights of women and Japanese Americans were contracted or expanded by reading through various excerpts of legislation and Executive Orders passed during WWII and then complete a graphic organizer. 

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Contracted or Expanded Rights during WWII:

In this lesson plan, students will determine whether the rights of various populations were contracted or expanded by completing a graphic organizer and reviewing excerpts of executive orders passed during WWII.

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Causes of WWII Primary Source Timeline:

In this lesson plan, students will be using primary sources to create an annotated timeline on the causes of WWII. The events start with the Treaty of Versailles and end with Hitler’s invasion of Poland. Students are tasked with describing how one event led to another to analyze how the Treaty of Versailles created instability in Europe and a climate for totalitarian dictators to take control. Ultimately, students will reflect on how dictators gained power and how their policies contrasted with democracy. 

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Can a Reporting Source Influence Beliefs?--Multiple Perspectives:

In this lesson, students will learn to evaluate sources of political information from multiple perspectives for fact and bias.

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Attack on Pearl Harbor:

Students will learn about the causes and consequences of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This lesson will trace the failures of the Treaty of Versailles, its effect on international relations, the motives behind the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and how the United States responded through legislative action. The lesson includes a guided presentation, guided notes for students, built-in review questions to determine comprehension, and a formative assessment utilizing a primary source text.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis and U.S. Foreign Policy:

A general overview of the cause, events, and outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The lesson includes close look at foreign policy decisions made by President Kennedy helped to avoid nuclear war during the event.

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Democracy and U.S. Foreign Policy During the Cold War:

Students will become familiar with the creation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War. This lesson will introduce students to the creation of both the Marshall Plan and Truman Docrtine, and how they were both used as tools to contain the spread of communism.

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The Truman Decision :

In this lesson plan, students will have the opportunity to analyze the use of atomic weapons on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Students will look at the executive branch, the role of the U.S. president as “Commander in Chief” of the military during war, and the U.S. President who made the call to utilize this weapon during WWII. Students will analyze the pros and cons of using the atomic weapon. Students will also look at the aftermath of the use of the atomic bombs.

 

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Cold War Bingo :

Students will review key terms and people during the Cold War era. 

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Social Issues in America: Individual Rights vs. Common Good:

In this lesson, students will use case studies to evaluate issues that cause the government to balance protecting individual rights with protecting the common good.

 

 

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The Second Red Scare:

In this lesson, students will learn how the Red Scare impacted domestic policy and analyze how the media and public opinion influenced government decision-making and policy. 

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World War II: Propaganda:

In this lesson, students will analyze World War II posters as political communication for use of emotional appeal, bias, factual accuracy, and omission. 

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World War II: On the Home Front:

In this lesson, students will analyze the impact that World War II had on domestic policy and everyday life for Americans by completing a station rotation review.  

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Law and the Holocaust:

From 1933 to 1945, the Nazi party gained political power in Germany. During this reign, the Nazi rule restricted those who they considered inferior, especially the Jewish people. In this lesson, students will analyze primary and secondary sources to analyze how the Nazi government used the law to systemically take rights away from its citizens, and create a society that would carry out the Holocaust. 

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Public Policy:

In this lesson, students will explain the impact of political parties, interest groups, media and individuals on shaping public policy by researching a topic and creating a shareable with the class.

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Nuremberg Trials and Human Rights Worldwide:

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the proceedings and verdicts of the Nuremberg trials. Students will also focus on the impact of the trials on human rights worldwide.

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Political & Civic Participation:

In this lesson, students will explain the importance of political and civic participation to the success of the United States’ constitutional republic. Within their research, students may assess key figures and organizations in shaping the Civil Rights Movement, women’s suffrage movement and Black Power Movement. Students may also examine efforts to expand or contract rights for various populations in the United States during World War II. 

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Civic Engagement and Social Institutions: Action and Reaction:

In this lesson plan, students analyze the impact of civic engagement as a means of preserving or reforming institutions. This analysis will take place through identifying means and methods to promote social change using historical examples of citizens achieving or preventing political and social change through civic engagement.

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Individual Rights v Public Good:

In this lesson plan, students will participate in a silent debate over individual interests versus the public good using facts from historical U.S. Supreme Court cases.

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Human Rights Abroad: The International Expansion of American Values:

In this lesson plan, students use excerpts from various State of the Union addresses to determine how U.S. foreign policy aims to support human rights abroad. After working collaboratively to pull out the main idea from each excerpt, students respond to synthesis questions regarding the extension of founding ideas and the application of those ideas in foreign policy.

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The Cuban Experience in Florida: Letters to the Cuban Refugee Assistance Program:

The Cuban Refugee Assistance Program (CRA) was an unprecedented effort brought about by the mass exodus of Cubans from their homeland. The CRA provided health, employment and educational services to Cuban refugees upon their arrival in the United States. In this lesson, students will analyze letters written by refugees who worked for the Cuban Refugee Assistance Program.

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The Cuban Experience in Florida: Revolution and Exodus:

Since 1959, over one million refugees have fled Cuba for the United States, particularly South Florida. In this lesson, students will analyze photographs in order to write about the Cuban refugee experience. Students will strengthen their skills in analyzing primary sources and learn how events in Florida history relate to United States history.

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The Cuban Experience in Florida: The Plight of Pepito: Cuba's Lost Generation:

Since 1959, over one million refugees have fled Cuba for the United States, particularly South Florida. In this lesson, students will analyze a film in order to write about the Cuban refugee experience. Students will strengthen their skills in analyzing primary sources and learn how events in Florida history relate to United States history.

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The Cuban Experience in Florida: Resettlement Re-Cap:

The Cuban Refugee Assistance Program (CRA) was an unprecedented effort brought about by the mass exodus of Cubans from their homeland. The CRA provided health, employment and educational services to Cuban refugees upon their arrival in the United States. In this lesson, students will analyze excerpts from Resettlement Re-Cap, a publication of the CRA.

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Japanese American Internment: Evaluating Primary Sources:

This web resource from the Library of Congress supports student use of primary sources to understand the Japanese American experience of internment during World War II. The resource includes graphic organizers for students to use online or through printed copies, and primary source photos and interviews along with procedures for teaching the lesson.

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Picturing WWII: Americans at War:

This lesson focuses on helping students analyze propaganda posters from WWII to understand how Americans daily lives were impacted at home and abroad. Students will analyze the images and phrases used in the posters, the intended audience, and purpose for each poster. Through analysis of the posters, students will be introduced to some of the challenges America faced by going to war. For the end of lesson assessment, students will create a digital presentation explaining how Americans daily lives were impacted by WWII.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis:

In this lesson, students will determine to what extent the Cuban Missile Crisis changed the Cold War as they analyze primary and secondary documents, including letters and telegrams from President Kennedy First Secretary Khrushchev, regarding events that brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war.

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Reading Like a Historian: Guatemala:

In this lesson, students analyze primary and secondary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: How and why did the U.S. fight the Cold War in Guatemala? The teacher begins by explaining how covert actions were part of the Cold War. Students read 2 brief accounts of the CIA takeover from recent textbooks. Students answer questions in pairs. Class discussion: Why does each textbook include details the other leaves out? Students then read a declassified CIA document-an assassination list with names deleted-and discuss: how does this document challenge the textbook accounts? A final class discussion attempts to place this incident in the larger context of what students have learned about the Cold War.

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Reading Like a Historian: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Was the U.S. planning to go war with North Vietnam before the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution? The teacher begins by showing a map of Vietnam (PowerPoint) and giving students extensive background information-and a timeline-about U.S. involvement in the conflict. Students then review 4 documents: 1) the text of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 2) a memo from McGeorge Bundy to LBJ, 3) a telegram from State Secretary Rusk to the Vietnamese embassy, and 4) the transcript of a phone conversation between Bundy and LBJ. Students answer extensive guiding questions for all documents and write a paragraph-length response to the central question, corroborating all that they have learned. A final class discussion evaluates the evidence.

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Reading Like a Historian: Anti-Vietnam War Movement:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Why did many Americans oppose the Vietnam War? First, students view 2 anti-war images and a timeline of anti-war events. They fill out a graphic organizer and formulate a hypothesis that answers the central question; discussion follows. Students then read 2 documents: a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Kerry's testimony before Congress. For both, they complete questions on a graphic organizer. Final class discussion: Why did anti-war sentiment grow? Did only college kinds participate? How do you think supporters of the war might have responded?

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Reading Like a Historian: Truman and MacArthur:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: How did Americans respond to President Truman's decision to fire General MacArthur? The teacher begins by explaining how MacArthur wanted to invade China to resolve the Korean War stalemate in 1951 and why Truman fired him for insubordination. Students are asked to make a prediction: what do you think the reaction was to the firing of this popular general? Students then analyze 3 documents: 1) a memo to Truman tabulating the letters he received after the firing (pro vs. con), 2) a letter by AMVETS supporting the firing, and 3) a very critical letter from a woman in Texas. For the last 2, students answer questions on a graphic organizer in groups. A whole group discussion follows and a quick debriefing on the impacts of the war's conclusion are presented.

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Reading Like a Historian: Korean War:

In this lesson, students analyze secondary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Who started the Korean War? The teacher begins by first explaining that textbooks can be biased sources and then uses a brief PowerPoint to show the geography of Korea and why/when war began there. Students then form pairs and read 2 accounts of the war: one from a South Korean textbook and another from a North Korean book. For both, students not only summarize and answer questions, but they must identify which source is which (North or South Korea?) and use textual details to prove it. In a class discussion, students share their answers. If time remains, the class may corroborate these sources with their own class textbook.

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Reading Like a Historian: Cuban Missile Crisis:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Why did the Russians pull their missiles out of Cuba? The teacher begins by recapping the Cold War and the presence of missiles in Cuba and streams a video clip from Discovery Education about the Crisis and the negotiations that ended it. *Please see note in reviewer public remark below about this video. Students then analyze, in pairs, 3 documents: 1) a letter from Chairman Khrushchev to President Kennedy, 2) a letter from Kennedy to Khrushchev, and 3) a cable from Soviet ambassador Dobrynin to his foreign ministry. For each, they answer guiding questions. A final class discussion addresses the documents: What kind of a deal was struck? Why was it secret? Does the class textbook mention it?

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Reading Like a Historian: Cold War:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War: the United States or the Soviet Union? The teacher begins with a timeline and brief PowerPoint to set up early Cold War chronology. Students then receive 2 documents-Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech and the "Truman Doctrine" speech-answer guiding questions and formulating an initial (probably pro-American) hypothesis. They then corroborate this with another 2 documents-a telegram by Soviet ambassador Novikov and a critical speech by Henry Wallace-and formulate another (perhaps more sympathetic to the Soviet position) hypothesis. Students share answers and discuss as a class: which hypothesis is more believable? What further evidence would you like to see?

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Reading Like a Historian: Atomic Bomb:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: How should we remember the dropping of the atomic bomb? First, students are told that they will choose an appropriate photo to accompany a U.N. website commemorating the dropping of the bomb. Students are then introduced to 2 narratives about WWII: "Hiroshima as Victimization" (the Japanese point of view) vs. "Hiroshima as Triumph" (the American point of view). The class is then divided into 2 halves, each of which looks at a variety of source documents-anecdotes, letters, and data-through its side's point of view only. Students then form groups of 4 to choose which image should be used in the "website." Each group shares its image and explains why they chose it. In a final discussion, the class talks about whether the bomb should have been dropped and whether they can second-guess a decision like Truman's.

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Reading Like a Historian: Japanese Internment:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Why were Japanese-Americans interned during World War II? The teacher first distributes a timeline, which the class reviews together. Students then view a government-made newsreel from 1942 explaining the rationale for internment. This is followed by 4 more documents, including the "Munson Report," an excerpt from the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v Korematsu, and the 1983 report of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. For each, students answer guiding questions and formulate a hypothesis: according to the document, why was internment necessary? A final class discussion has students determine which document(s) best explain what occurred.

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Reading Like a Historian: Zoot Suit Riots:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: What caused the Zoot Suit Riots? The teacher first provides background information on the incident and then the class looks at their textbook account and answers brief questions. Students then form pairs and analyze 2 documents: 1) a Los Angeles Daily News account of the riots and 2) a letter from the Committee for the Defense of Mexican American Youth, addressed to U.S. Vice President Wallace. For both, students answer guiding questions on a graphic organizer. A final class discussion contextualizes and corroborates the documents: Is one more reliable? What caused the riots?

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Original Student Tutorials

Civil Rights Groups Helped End Segregation in Our Military:

Analyze methods used by civil rights groups to influence government action to end segregation in the United States Armed Forces, resulting in Executive Order 9981 with this interactive tutorial.

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Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part Three (of Three):

Blast into space with this interactive, three-part tutorial series about the Space Race.  In Part Three, you'll learn about Apollo missions 11 through 17. Six of these crewed missions enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the Moon's surface.

  • CLICK HERE to launch Part One about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.
  • CLICK HERE to launch Part Two about Project Apollo, mission 1 and missions 7 through 10.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part Two (of Three):

Blast into space with this interactive, three-part tutorial series about the Space Race.  In Part Two, you'll explore mission 1 and missions 7 through 10 of Project Apollo, America's final Space Race program. The sacrifices and achievements of these lesser-known missions paved the way for later Apollo missions to the Moon's surface.

  • CLICK HERE to launch Part One about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.
  • CLICK HERE to launch Part Three about Project Apollo, missions 11 through 17, including the six crewed missions that enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the surface of the Moon.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part One (of Three):

Blast into space with this interactive, three-part tutorial series about the Space Race. In Part One, you'll learn how the Space Race developed out of the Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. You'll also learn about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.

  • CLICK HERE to launch Part Two about Project Apollo, mission 1 and missions 7 through 10.
  • CLICK HERE to launch Part Three about Project Apollo, missions 11 through 17, including the six crewed missions that enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the surface of the Moon.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What Is an American? Evaluating the Structure of an Argument – Part Three:

Examine what it means to be an American by analyzing a speech delivered by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes, in 1941. This tutorial is Part Three of a three-part series. In this tutorial, you will read more excerpts from Ickes’ speech, and then you will evaluate the effectiveness of his argument's structure. 

Be sure to complete the first two parts before completing Part Three.

Click HERE for Part One. Click HERE for Part Two. 

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What Is an American? Evaluating the Structure of an Argument – Part Two:

Examine what it means to be an American by analyzing a speech delivered by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes, in 1941. This tutorial is Part Two of a three-part series. In this tutorial, you will read excerpts from Ickes’ speech, and then you will identify his use of rhetorical appeals and analyze the structure of his argument. 

Make sure to complete Part One first. Click HERE for Part One.

Click HERE for Part Three.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What Is an American? Evaluating the Structure of an Argument – Part One:

Examine what it means to be an American by analyzing a speech delivered by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes, in 1941. This tutorial is Part One of a three-part series. In this tutorial, you will read excerpts from the opening sections of Ickes’ speech. Then, you will work on determining his purpose, point of view, and important claims in these sections.  

Make sure to complete all three parts! Click HERE to view Part Two. Click HERE to view Part Three.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The War at Home: World War II Poster Propaganda:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze dozens of World War II propaganda posters in order to understand how Americans on the home front experienced the war years. The U.S. government commissioned propaganda to convince Americans to support the war in a variety of ways. You'll learn how these posters reveal U.S. domestic policy during the 1940s, as well as how the government tried to expand the involvement of different groups of Americans, including women and minorities, during WWII.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Understanding the Holocaust: Part 2 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn about one of the darkest chapters in human history, the Holocaust.  You'll learn how Adolf Hitler rose to power in Nazi Germany and made the murder of 6 million Jews and 5 million others the official policy of the Third Reich during World War II.  You'll learn how the Holocaust ended and contemplate its impact on humanity.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 1.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Understanding the Holocaust: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn about one of the darkest chapters in human history, the Holocaust.  You'll learn how Adolf Hitler rose to power in Nazi Germany and made the murder of 6 million Jews and 5 million others the official policy of the Third Reich during World War II.  You'll learn how the Holocaust ended and contemplate its impact on humanity.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Winning World War II: Part 2 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how the United States and the Allies defeated the Axis Powers to win World War II. You'll learn about battles and military campaigns, including D-Day, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. And you'll learn how atomic weapons brought the war to an end but changed the postwar world forever.

CLICK HERE to open Part 1.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

World War II Begins: Part 2 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how World War II began in Europe and Asia. You'll learn about the aggression of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan that threatened world peace, and you'll learn how the United States responded with isolationism...until the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 caused America to join the Allies.

CLICK HERE to open Part 1.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Winning World War II: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how the United States and the Allies defeated the Axis Powers to win World War II.  You'll learn about battles and military campaigns, including D-Day, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war.  And you'll learn how atomic weapons brought the war to an end but changed the postwar world forever.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

World War II Begins: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how World War II began in Europe and Asia. You'll learn about the aggression of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan that threatened world peace, and you'll learn how the United States responded with isolationism...until the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 caused America to join the Allies.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

From World War to Cold War: Part 2:

Explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

This is part 2 in a two-part series. CLICK HERE to open Part 1. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Cold War at Home: McCarthyism and the Red Scare:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the Second Red Scare that swept America in the early years of the Cold War.  You'll also learn about McCarthyism, the era of suspicion and persecution that gets its name from the actions of notorious Senator Joseph McCarthy.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

From World War to Cold War: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953.  You'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history, and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Cold War Turns Hot: Remembering the Korean War:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about some of the causes of the Korean War and the major factors that led to America’s involvement in the war.  You will also learn about America’s role in the course of this conflict, and the consequences that resulted because of the war.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

America and the Vietnam War:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the major factors that led to America's involvement in the war in Vietnam.  You'll also learn about America's role during the war, how the war affected the American public, and the resulting consequences of the war.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Presentation/Slideshow

America on the Sidelines: The U.S. and World Affairs 1931-1941:

In this resource, you'll get the chance to navigate the decade leading up to World War II on an interactive timeline. As the timeline progresses, read the descriptions of events that took place in Europe and Asia, and select a possible course of action that the United States government took on these foreign affairs. Good luck!

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Resource Collections

Commemorating the Vietnam War:

This website, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, provides a wealth of resources that educators can use to teach their students about this important era in American history. Resources include an interactive historical timeline from 1945 to 1975, fact sheets detailing each branch of the U.S. military's involvement in the war, maps, and links to numerous primary source documents. The site also provides printable PDF posters that highlight different roles in the war, including the role of women and African Americans, as well posters that outline America's increasing involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1965, and posters that display service patches for each branch of the military.

Type: Resource Collection

American Experience: Harry Truman:

This full-length video is a complete biography of Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States. Topics touched on include the atomic bombing of Japan, the Cold War, and the Korean War. Teachers should find the video an excellent resource to review or learn more about this time period.

The webpage also includes numerous shorter videos, articles, and primary sources about Truman and this time period in history, as well as a teacher's guide for using the film in class.

Type: Resource Collection

American Experience: Lyndon B. Johnson:

This full-length video is a complete biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States. Topics touched on include the Great Society, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War. Teachers should find the video an excellent resource to review or learn more about this time period.

The webpage also includes numerous shorter videos, articles, and primary sources about LBJ, as well as a teacher's guide for using the film in class.

Type: Resource Collection

American Experience: Franklin D. Roosevelt:

This full-length video is a complete biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States. Topics touched on include the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II. Teachers should find the video an excellent resource to review or learn more about this time period.

The webpage also includes numerous shorter videos, articles, and primary sources about FDR, as well as a teacher's guide for using the film in class.

Type: Resource Collection

Teaching Idea

Source Analysis: Presidential Views on U.S. Involvement in Vietnam:

In this activity intended for the debate classroom, students will access the Library of Congress and National Archives’ online resource portals to research and gather the unique perspectives of Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford on America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Students will then present orally the comparative and contrasting political and philosophical viewpoints.

Type: Teaching Idea

Text Resources

Supreme Court Landmark Case: Korematsu v. United States (1944):

Learn more about the 1944 landmark Supreme Court decision Korematsu v. U.S. In this case, the Supreme Court considered the issue of domestic internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Court's ruling remains one of its most controversial decisions ever.

Type: Text Resource

Sputnik: The Little Metal Ball That Fueled the Cold War:

This informational text resource is intended to support reading in the Social Studies content area. It is most appropriate for 11th-12th grade students enrolled in a U.S. History class. In this article, the author, a professor of aeronautics, reflects on the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite and how it inspired both Cold War paranoia and a national commitment to scientific education. Sputnik, he concludes, was a true historical turning point.

Type: Text Resource

Tutorials

1941: Axis Momentum Accelerates in WWII:

Learn about the ways in which the Axis gained momentum in 1941 during World War II in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy. The last few minutes of the video also begin to examine the entrance of the United States into the war.

Type: Tutorial

World War II: American Progress in the Pacific in 1944:

Learn about American progress in 1944 to get within bombing range of Japan in this tutorial video about World War II provided by Khan Academy.

Type: Tutorial

World War II: Allies Advance Further in Europe - 1944:

Learn about Allied advancement in 1944 in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy. The video describes the liberation of Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece; and Paris, France, as well as the Allied invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

Type: Tutorial

U.S. History Overview: WWII to Vietnam:

Learn about key events in American history from World War II to the Vietnam War in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy. In this brief historical overview, topics include the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean War, and the Space Race.

Type: Tutorial

Bay of Pigs Invasion:

Learn about the Bay of Pigs Invasion, which was a failed military invasion of Cuba conducted a few short months after John F. Kennedy became president, in this short tutorial video provided by Khan Academy.

Type: Tutorial

The Vietnam War: Overview:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll learn about the causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War.

Type: Tutorial

Origins of the Cold War:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll learn about the origins of the Cold War. This unusual conflict pitted the United States (and its Western democratic allies) against the Soviet Union (and its communist satellite states). Although these nations never went to war directly, their rivalry would shape the world for decades!

Type: Tutorial

Communism:

In this tutorial video brought to you by Khan Academy, you'll learn about the economic system called communism. This video explores the origins and history of communism and explains its connections to authoritarian forms of government.

Type: Tutorial

The Korean War: Overview:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll learn about the causes, course, and consequences of the Korean War.

Type: Tutorial

Examining the Life & Work of Eleanor Roosevelt:

In a series of short videos, learn about the life and work of Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the 32nd president and niece of the 26th president. The first video details Eleanor's lonely childhood, the second describes her first involvement in American politics and public speaking, the third examines her work with organizations like the Red Cross and the League of Women Voters, and the fourth explains her role working with the United Nations and leading the committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This pivotal document changed the way the world viewed the rights of people. Watch one video or enjoy them all!

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Richard M. Nixon:

View a brief, funny video about the 37th President, Richard M. Nixon, who re-established relations with China and wound down America's involvement in Vietnam... before resigning his office in disgrace following the Watergate scandal.

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson:

View a brief, funny video about the 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson. Learn about the ways he helped advance the Civil Rights Movement, his dream of a Great Society, and his approach towards the war in Vietnam.

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: John F. Kennedy:

View a brief video about our 35th President, John F. Kennedy. His assassination while in office helped turn Kennedy into a legend, best remembered for telling Americans to "ask what you can do for your country."

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower:

View a brief, funny video about the 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, a president who brought about the interstate highway system and forever changed the way in which Americans travel!

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Harry Truman:

View a brief, funny video about our 33rd President, Harry S. Truman, the president who helped bring about an end to World War II and later got America involved in the Korean War.

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt:

View a brief, funny video about the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, a man who ushered the U.S. out of the Great Depression and into World War II. Enjoy this quick trip through American history!

Type: Tutorial

Becoming Free:

Explore key events from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s in this webisode from PBS. During these decades, America closed out the Vietnam War era, saw the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War, and experienced a rise in terrorist attacks against Americans abroad and on American soil. In this resource you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to segments of key speeches, examine a timeline and glossary, take a quiz, and explore additional resources connected to this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Remembering Pearl Harbor: Attack Map:

In this tutorial, you'll interact with a chronological map of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Trace the timeline of events as you listen to, read, and explore the devastating sneak attack that brought the U.S. into World War II on December 7, 1941.

Type: Tutorial

World War II: Theaters of War:

In this tutorial, you'll use maps to explore the various theaters of war during World War II. Pick a region to learn how the Axis first dominated--and then fell to--the Allies. The resource contains other activities that will help you learn about WWII.

Type: Tutorial

We Shall Overcome:

In this webisode brought to you by PBS, you will explore key events that took place in American history from 1963-1968, including the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. In this resource you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to segments of key speeches, examine a timeline and glossary, take a quiz, and explore additional resources connected to this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Depression and War:

In this webisode brought to you by PBS, you will explore key events that took place leading up to and during the Great Depression and World War II. You can explore primary source documents and photographs, a timeline and a glossary, take a quiz, and investigate additional resources to learn more about these eras. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Let Freedom Ring:

In this tutorial, you will explore key events that took place in American history from 1955-1963, including the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and early events in the Cold War. Through this interactive tutorial, you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to key speeches, and interact with a wealth of information during this webisode brought to you by PBS. The webisode even includes a timeline, glossary, quiz, and additional resources that you can examine to further explore this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: The Reagan Revolution:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through the 1980s and President Ronald Reagan's two terms in office. President Reagan is often credited for a strong economy and for ending the Cold War. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: World War II - Part 2:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through the changes Americans experienced during World War II. During the war years, the roles of women and African-Americans changed drastically, and the government and economy greatly expanded. America exited the war in its new position as the world's leading superpower. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: World War II - Part 1:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through the events that led the U.S.A. to join and win World War II. You'll learn about the European and Pacific theaters of war and the fateful decision to use the first atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: The Cold War in Asia:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through key events of the Cold War in Asia. The United States' struggle against communist expansion led to full-blown, boots-on-the ground wars in both Korea and Vietnam. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

1940: The Axis Gains Momentum in World War II:

Learn about the ways in which the Axis Powers gained momentum in 1940 during the early stages of World War II in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. You'll learn about the countries that comprised the Axis Powers in 1940 and the countries they invaded throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia during this year.

Type: Tutorial

1945: The End of World War II:

Learn about the end of World War II in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy.

Type: Tutorial

The Beginning of World War II:

Learn about the beginning of World War II in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. This introductory video provides an overview of the beginning of World War II by examining what took place in Asia and Europe in the 1930s.

Type: Tutorial

World War II in the Pacific: 1942:

Learn about the early stages of World War II in the Pacific Theater in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. The video includes information about the famous Doolittle Raid--the first air strike on the Japanese home islands--as well as the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Type: Tutorial

Video/Audio/Animations

Portraits in Patriotism - Alejandro Brice: Middle - High School:

Alejandro Brice and his family immigrated from Cuba at the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. His father was jailed as a counter-revolutionary sympathizer and upon release, the family fled the country. Dr. Brice shares his memories of his “freedom wings”, the culture shock of growing up in Ohio as immigrants, learning English in elementary school, watching his family start over, and becoming a U.S. Citizen. Dr. Brice is a college professor specializing in the education of immigrant children and English language learners.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Portraits in Patriotism - Ivonne Blank: Middle and High School:

Ivonne Blank immigrated to the United States in 1961 as part of Operation Pedro Pan, the largest exodus on unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere. Ms. Blank talks about how difficult it was waiting for her parents and living in an orphanage in Denver, CO. Her parents later left the island by boat, were rescued by the Coast Guard, and resettled in the United States. After the family was reunited, they were able to rebuild their lives with support from their community. Ms. Blank went on to become a lifelong educator and U.S. citizen.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

1943: The Axis Losing in Europe - World War II:

Learn about the crucial events of 1943 in World War II in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. The video includes information on the Allies' campaigns in Italy and North Africa, as well as the continued fighting in the Soviet Union and the Nazis' loss at Stalingrad.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

1942: The Tide Turns in Europe:

Learn about the crucial events of 1942 in World War II in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. The video includes information on the Allies' campaign in North Africa, as well as the Axis offense in the Soviet Union and the dramatic Battle of Stalingrad.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

The Cuban Missile Crisis:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll view a brief video about the Cuban Missile Crisis. This Cold War-era crisis pitted the United States against the Soviet Union and threatened to ignite a nuclear World War III.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this topic.

Original Student Tutorials

Civil Rights Groups Helped End Segregation in Our Military:

Analyze methods used by civil rights groups to influence government action to end segregation in the United States Armed Forces, resulting in Executive Order 9981 with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part Three (of Three):

Blast into space with this interactive, three-part tutorial series about the Space Race.  In Part Three, you'll learn about Apollo missions 11 through 17. Six of these crewed missions enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the Moon's surface.

  • CLICK HERE to launch Part One about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.
  • CLICK HERE to launch Part Two about Project Apollo, mission 1 and missions 7 through 10.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part Two (of Three):

Blast into space with this interactive, three-part tutorial series about the Space Race.  In Part Two, you'll explore mission 1 and missions 7 through 10 of Project Apollo, America's final Space Race program. The sacrifices and achievements of these lesser-known missions paved the way for later Apollo missions to the Moon's surface.

  • CLICK HERE to launch Part One about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.
  • CLICK HERE to launch Part Three about Project Apollo, missions 11 through 17, including the six crewed missions that enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the surface of the Moon.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race -- Part One (of Three):

Blast into space with this interactive, three-part tutorial series about the Space Race. In Part One, you'll learn how the Space Race developed out of the Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. You'll also learn about America's first two Space Race programs: Project Mercury and Project Gemini.

  • CLICK HERE to launch Part Two about Project Apollo, mission 1 and missions 7 through 10.
  • CLICK HERE to launch Part Three about Project Apollo, missions 11 through 17, including the six crewed missions that enabled twelve astronauts to walk on the surface of the Moon.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What Is an American? Evaluating the Structure of an Argument – Part Three:

Examine what it means to be an American by analyzing a speech delivered by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes, in 1941. This tutorial is Part Three of a three-part series. In this tutorial, you will read more excerpts from Ickes’ speech, and then you will evaluate the effectiveness of his argument's structure. 

Be sure to complete the first two parts before completing Part Three.

Click HERE for Part One. Click HERE for Part Two. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What Is an American? Evaluating the Structure of an Argument – Part Two:

Examine what it means to be an American by analyzing a speech delivered by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes, in 1941. This tutorial is Part Two of a three-part series. In this tutorial, you will read excerpts from Ickes’ speech, and then you will identify his use of rhetorical appeals and analyze the structure of his argument. 

Make sure to complete Part One first. Click HERE for Part One.

Click HERE for Part Three.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What Is an American? Evaluating the Structure of an Argument – Part One:

Examine what it means to be an American by analyzing a speech delivered by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Harold L. Ickes, in 1941. This tutorial is Part One of a three-part series. In this tutorial, you will read excerpts from the opening sections of Ickes’ speech. Then, you will work on determining his purpose, point of view, and important claims in these sections.  

Make sure to complete all three parts! Click HERE to view Part Two. Click HERE to view Part Three.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The War at Home: World War II Poster Propaganda:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze dozens of World War II propaganda posters in order to understand how Americans on the home front experienced the war years. The U.S. government commissioned propaganda to convince Americans to support the war in a variety of ways. You'll learn how these posters reveal U.S. domestic policy during the 1940s, as well as how the government tried to expand the involvement of different groups of Americans, including women and minorities, during WWII.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Understanding the Holocaust: Part 2 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn about one of the darkest chapters in human history, the Holocaust.  You'll learn how Adolf Hitler rose to power in Nazi Germany and made the murder of 6 million Jews and 5 million others the official policy of the Third Reich during World War II.  You'll learn how the Holocaust ended and contemplate its impact on humanity.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 1.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Understanding the Holocaust: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn about one of the darkest chapters in human history, the Holocaust.  You'll learn how Adolf Hitler rose to power in Nazi Germany and made the murder of 6 million Jews and 5 million others the official policy of the Third Reich during World War II.  You'll learn how the Holocaust ended and contemplate its impact on humanity.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Winning World War II: Part 2 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how the United States and the Allies defeated the Axis Powers to win World War II. You'll learn about battles and military campaigns, including D-Day, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. And you'll learn how atomic weapons brought the war to an end but changed the postwar world forever.

CLICK HERE to open Part 1.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

World War II Begins: Part 2 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how World War II began in Europe and Asia. You'll learn about the aggression of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan that threatened world peace, and you'll learn how the United States responded with isolationism...until the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 caused America to join the Allies.

CLICK HERE to open Part 1.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Winning World War II: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how the United States and the Allies defeated the Axis Powers to win World War II.  You'll learn about battles and military campaigns, including D-Day, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war.  And you'll learn how atomic weapons brought the war to an end but changed the postwar world forever.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

World War II Begins: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn how World War II began in Europe and Asia. You'll learn about the aggression of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan that threatened world peace, and you'll learn how the United States responded with isolationism...until the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 caused America to join the Allies.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

From World War to Cold War: Part 2:

Explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

This is part 2 in a two-part series. CLICK HERE to open Part 1. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Cold War at Home: McCarthyism and the Red Scare:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the Second Red Scare that swept America in the early years of the Cold War.  You'll also learn about McCarthyism, the era of suspicion and persecution that gets its name from the actions of notorious Senator Joseph McCarthy.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

From World War to Cold War: Part 1 (of 2):

In Parts 1 and 2 of this interactive tutorial series, explore the beginnings of the Cold War from 1945 to 1953.  You'll learn why this rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was a unique conflict in our nation's history, and how the U.S. assumed the role of world leader after World War II.  Finally, you'll learn how the Korean War was a proxy war in the larger context of the Cold War.  

CLICK HERE to open Part 2.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Cold War Turns Hot: Remembering the Korean War:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about some of the causes of the Korean War and the major factors that led to America’s involvement in the war.  You will also learn about America’s role in the course of this conflict, and the consequences that resulted because of the war.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

America and the Vietnam War:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the major factors that led to America's involvement in the war in Vietnam.  You'll also learn about America's role during the war, how the war affected the American public, and the resulting consequences of the war.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Assessments

Quiz: The Second World War:

Test your knowledge of World War II with this 12-question multiple choice quiz provided by Khan Academy. Good luck!

Type: Assessment

Quiz: 1970s America :

Test your knowledge of 1970s America in this 14-question quiz provided by Khan Academy.

Type: Assessment

Quiz: 1950s America:

Try this 8-question multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about America in the 1950s. Foreign and domestic policy are both included in these questions.

Type: Assessment

Quiz: The Post-War Era, 1945-1950:

Try this 13-question multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about post-WWII America and the beginnings of the Cold War.

Type: Assessment

Quiz: 1960s America :

Try this 14-question multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about America in the 1960s. Foreign and domestic policy are both included in these questions.

Type: Assessment

Text Resource

Supreme Court Landmark Case: Korematsu v. United States (1944):

Learn more about the 1944 landmark Supreme Court decision Korematsu v. U.S. In this case, the Supreme Court considered the issue of domestic internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The Court's ruling remains one of its most controversial decisions ever.

Type: Text Resource

Tutorials

1941: Axis Momentum Accelerates in WWII:

Learn about the ways in which the Axis gained momentum in 1941 during World War II in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy. The last few minutes of the video also begin to examine the entrance of the United States into the war.

Type: Tutorial

World War II: American Progress in the Pacific in 1944:

Learn about American progress in 1944 to get within bombing range of Japan in this tutorial video about World War II provided by Khan Academy.

Type: Tutorial

World War II: Allies Advance Further in Europe - 1944:

Learn about Allied advancement in 1944 in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy. The video describes the liberation of Rome, Italy; Athens, Greece; and Paris, France, as well as the Allied invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

Type: Tutorial

U.S. History Overview: WWII to Vietnam:

Learn about key events in American history from World War II to the Vietnam War in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy. In this brief historical overview, topics include the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean War, and the Space Race.

Type: Tutorial

Bay of Pigs Invasion:

Learn about the Bay of Pigs Invasion, which was a failed military invasion of Cuba conducted a few short months after John F. Kennedy became president, in this short tutorial video provided by Khan Academy.

Type: Tutorial

The Vietnam War: Overview:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll learn about the causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War.

Type: Tutorial

Origins of the Cold War:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll learn about the origins of the Cold War. This unusual conflict pitted the United States (and its Western democratic allies) against the Soviet Union (and its communist satellite states). Although these nations never went to war directly, their rivalry would shape the world for decades!

Type: Tutorial

Communism:

In this tutorial video brought to you by Khan Academy, you'll learn about the economic system called communism. This video explores the origins and history of communism and explains its connections to authoritarian forms of government.

Type: Tutorial

The Korean War: Overview:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll learn about the causes, course, and consequences of the Korean War.

Type: Tutorial

Examining the Life & Work of Eleanor Roosevelt:

In a series of short videos, learn about the life and work of Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the 32nd president and niece of the 26th president. The first video details Eleanor's lonely childhood, the second describes her first involvement in American politics and public speaking, the third examines her work with organizations like the Red Cross and the League of Women Voters, and the fourth explains her role working with the United Nations and leading the committee that drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This pivotal document changed the way the world viewed the rights of people. Watch one video or enjoy them all!

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Richard M. Nixon:

View a brief, funny video about the 37th President, Richard M. Nixon, who re-established relations with China and wound down America's involvement in Vietnam... before resigning his office in disgrace following the Watergate scandal.

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson:

View a brief, funny video about the 36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson. Learn about the ways he helped advance the Civil Rights Movement, his dream of a Great Society, and his approach towards the war in Vietnam.

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: John F. Kennedy:

View a brief video about our 35th President, John F. Kennedy. His assassination while in office helped turn Kennedy into a legend, best remembered for telling Americans to "ask what you can do for your country."

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower:

View a brief, funny video about the 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, a president who brought about the interstate highway system and forever changed the way in which Americans travel!

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Harry Truman:

View a brief, funny video about our 33rd President, Harry S. Truman, the president who helped bring about an end to World War II and later got America involved in the Korean War.

Type: Tutorial

60-Second Presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt:

View a brief, funny video about the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, a man who ushered the U.S. out of the Great Depression and into World War II. Enjoy this quick trip through American history!

Type: Tutorial

Becoming Free:

Explore key events from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s in this webisode from PBS. During these decades, America closed out the Vietnam War era, saw the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War, and experienced a rise in terrorist attacks against Americans abroad and on American soil. In this resource you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to segments of key speeches, examine a timeline and glossary, take a quiz, and explore additional resources connected to this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Remembering Pearl Harbor: Attack Map:

In this tutorial, you'll interact with a chronological map of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Trace the timeline of events as you listen to, read, and explore the devastating sneak attack that brought the U.S. into World War II on December 7, 1941.

Type: Tutorial

World War II: Theaters of War:

In this tutorial, you'll use maps to explore the various theaters of war during World War II. Pick a region to learn how the Axis first dominated--and then fell to--the Allies. The resource contains other activities that will help you learn about WWII.

Type: Tutorial

We Shall Overcome:

In this webisode brought to you by PBS, you will explore key events that took place in American history from 1963-1968, including the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. In this resource you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to segments of key speeches, examine a timeline and glossary, take a quiz, and explore additional resources connected to this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Depression and War:

In this webisode brought to you by PBS, you will explore key events that took place leading up to and during the Great Depression and World War II. You can explore primary source documents and photographs, a timeline and a glossary, take a quiz, and investigate additional resources to learn more about these eras. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Let Freedom Ring:

In this tutorial, you will explore key events that took place in American history from 1955-1963, including the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and early events in the Cold War. Through this interactive tutorial, you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to key speeches, and interact with a wealth of information during this webisode brought to you by PBS. The webisode even includes a timeline, glossary, quiz, and additional resources that you can examine to further explore this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: The Reagan Revolution:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through the 1980s and President Ronald Reagan's two terms in office. President Reagan is often credited for a strong economy and for ending the Cold War. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: World War II - Part 2:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through the changes Americans experienced during World War II. During the war years, the roles of women and African-Americans changed drastically, and the government and economy greatly expanded. America exited the war in its new position as the world's leading superpower. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: World War II - Part 1:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through the events that led the U.S.A. to join and win World War II. You'll learn about the European and Pacific theaters of war and the fateful decision to use the first atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: The Cold War in Asia:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through key events of the Cold War in Asia. The United States' struggle against communist expansion led to full-blown, boots-on-the ground wars in both Korea and Vietnam. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

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1940: The Axis Gains Momentum in World War II:

Learn about the ways in which the Axis Powers gained momentum in 1940 during the early stages of World War II in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. You'll learn about the countries that comprised the Axis Powers in 1940 and the countries they invaded throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia during this year.

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1945: The End of World War II:

Learn about the end of World War II in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy.

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The Beginning of World War II:

Learn about the beginning of World War II in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. This introductory video provides an overview of the beginning of World War II by examining what took place in Asia and Europe in the 1930s.

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World War II in the Pacific: 1942:

Learn about the early stages of World War II in the Pacific Theater in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. The video includes information about the famous Doolittle Raid--the first air strike on the Japanese home islands--as well as the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Battle of Midway, and the Battle of Guadalcanal.

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1943: The Axis Losing in Europe - World War II:

Learn about the crucial events of 1943 in World War II in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. The video includes information on the Allies' campaigns in Italy and North Africa, as well as the continued fighting in the Soviet Union and the Nazis' loss at Stalingrad.

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1942: The Tide Turns in Europe:

Learn about the crucial events of 1942 in World War II in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. The video includes information on the Allies' campaign in North Africa, as well as the Axis offense in the Soviet Union and the dramatic Battle of Stalingrad.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll view a brief video about the Cuban Missile Crisis. This Cold War-era crisis pitted the United States against the Soviet Union and threatened to ignite a nuclear World War III.

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