As with many wars, there is not one singular cause of World War II. In this activity, students will select on possible cause for the war and create a spider map outlining and defining the 5Ws to explain one cause of World War II. Students should include a written description that describes the background information along with a visual representation.
Teachers can pre-select possible reasons or have students complete research to determine which reason they would like to examine.
Possible Reasons for Students to Use:
For this extended activity, the class can debate “What was the most significant factor that lead to World War II?” Using their created storyboards, students should make their claim as to what reason they found to be most significant and use at least three central reasons why they believe it was the most significant. For more advanced classes, allow students to provide rebuttals or counter arguments to dispel the arguments of their peers.
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Create a 5W analysis of one cause of World War II: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and History