Eyewitness To History: Pearl Harbor

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Eyewitness To History : Pearl Harbor

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One of the benefits of studying more modern history is the abundance of eyewitness accounts and primary sources that students can use to really understand the context of any historical event or time period. It also brings history to life and connects students to the people who lived during that time.

For this activity, students will create a timeline that focuses on a major event that took place in World War II from 1939-1941 through the eyes of individuals that witnessed the event. Teachers can assign events or allow students to choose the event they wish to research. Students should be able to represent an accurate chronology of the event and are encouraged to be as precise as possible by finding the month, day, hour, and perhaps even minute each action occurred.

For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster to incorporate into a presentation or gallery walk. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options, and update the instructions accordingly.


Extended Activity

For this extended activity, students should be encouraged to use the historical thinking skill of corroboration in order to accurately depict the action or event that they researched. If students come across a discrepancy in two sources, they should describe what the differences are and argue which source is more credible and why. Once they have analyzed the credibility of their sources, they should share with the class the sources they found most credible and the ones they found least-credible and explain their rationale.


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Student Instructions

Create a timeline that focuses on an event in World War II between 1939 and 1941 based on eyewitness accounts.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create a chronology of moments of the event and type them into the titles of each cell.
  3. Describe each part of the event in the description box.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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