World War II Timeline (1943-1945)

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World War II Timeline  (1943-1945)

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While studying WWII, it's essential for students to understand how events unfolded and connected. Because there were several countries involved and several theaters of war, it can be overwhelming to examine every single event that occurred. By creating a visual timeline, students will be able to examine at least five major events between 1942 and 1945 and analyze how they affected the course of World War 2.

Teachers can pre-select the events they would like students to include into the timeline, or students can choose their own. In order for students to thrive in this assignment, they should be encouraged to research ten events, and select the five that they found to be the most interesting.

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.


Example Events for a World War II Timeline

  • September 8, 1943 - Italy Surrenders
  • June 6, 1944 - D-Day
  • December 16, 1944 - Battle of the Bulge
  • April 30, 1945 - Hitler Commits Suicide
  • August 6, 1945 - Atomic Bomb Dropped on Hiroshima
  • August 14, 1945 - V-J Day

Extended Activity

Students can create an entire class timeline. Students will be required to print out their events and cut and paste them to a larger timeline in the front of the class. Before each student adds an event they should share with the class the event that they are choosing and include at least one fact or description of significance of the event. This works especially well if they create their timeline as a poster.


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Student Instructions

Create a timeline detailing at least 5 major events in WW2 between 1942 and 1945.

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