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Mr. Donn's Lessons for World War II - the war

Leaders in the News, lesson plan

World War II: Headlines in the News, lesson plan

World War II: Neutrality, lesson plan

World War II: What can a nation do to protect its interests?

World War II: Hiroshima

Mrs. Donn - The Homefront, World War II - the home front

The US Home Front in the US (mini unit, Donn) - rationing, victory gardens, junk rallies, patriotic symbols, ration stamp game, and original story: Walking Home

Computer Lab Lesson Plan: Direct your students to review these propaganda posters from World War II. In the lab, discussion: What messages do you see? Which poster affected you the most, and why? Then, direct students explore the links at the bottom of this page. Give them some time. Same or next day, back in class: Discussion - What did we learn about the purpose of propaganda? Get some answers. Close lesson, Tell students: People sometimes use the term "reverse propaganda"  as if some propaganda is negative and some is positive. But propaganda does not have anything to do with negative or positive. No matter what you call it, its purpose is unchanged. The purpose of propaganda is to persuade (in order to benefit the sponsor.)  Propaganda is designed to influence our opinions, emotions, attitudes and behavior. Contrast with Nazi propaganda - the technique is the same, but is the message different?

Computer Lab (working in small groups): Search Google for WW2 lesson plans - since there are so many good ones, one of our early lesson plans for WW2 was to ask our students to review lesson plans for teachers found on the web about WW2, and prepare a short report of what they learned including the link(s) to the lesson(s). 

Welcome Home, an original short story by Lin's mom, written right after the war - segregation, WW2

WWII Lesson Plans and Activities by many educators


The Nazi Party:

The Holocaust:

Japanese Internment:

The Atom Bomb and Hiroshima:


Interactive Games for Kids

Free Clipart for World War II, for teachers and kids