With so many countries involved in World War II, there were an incredible amount of pivotal battles. In this activity, students will be assigned one of the numerous battles of World War II and create a storyboard to summarize the causes of the battle, the events that transpired throughout the battle, and the outcomes.
It's helpful for students to be assigned a battle or to have them select battles as a class, in order to ensure that there are few duplicates. This way, students can share their research with each other digitally or present them to the class. As another option, students can create a poster instead of a frayer model. If this is the case, add some poster templates to the assignment and adjust the instructions accordingly!
Students that wish to engage in this extension activity will participate in a theoretical history assignment. Students will be required to complete an additional storyboard that argues why the losing side of their researched battle lost and re-create a strategy that they believe could have resulted in a victory. Students should be encouraged to research prior wars and battle tactics throughout history to incorporate into their arguments and battle plans. Students may present their arguments to the class and may invoke a respectful debate among other students in the analysis of the proposed plan of victory.
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Create a frayer model that examines a battle from WW2, focusing on what it was, why it happened, the outcomes, and the conditions/tactics.
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Type of Activity: Timelines
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Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.