11th Grade World War II inquiry Why Was the us on the Winning Side of World War ii?



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new york state social studies resource toolkit

11th Grade World War II Inquiry

Why Was the US on
the Winning Side of
World War II?



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Supporting Questions

Why was the home front so important to the war front?

What did the United States contribute to the Allies’ victory in Europe?

How did the United States win the war against Japan?
11th Grade World War II Inquiry

Why Was the US on the Winning Side of World War II?


New York State Social Studies Framework Key Idea & Practices

11.8. WORLD WAR II (1935–1945): The participation of the United States in World War II was a transformative event for the nation and its role in the world.

Gathering, Using, and Interpreting Evidence Chronological Reasoning and Causation

Staging the
Compelling Question


Watch a brief documentary on the dedication of the National World War II Memorial and discuss how the war affected veterans’ families.




Supporting Question 1




Supporting Question 2




Supporting Question 3

Why was the home front so important to the war front?




What did the United States contribute to the Allies’ victory in Europe?




How did the United States win the war against Japan?

Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task





Formative
Performance Task


Participate in a silent conversation on big paper on the supporting question.




Create a “found poem” using words and phrases from the featured sources.




Participate in a fishbowl conversation on the supporting question.

Featured Sources




Featured Sources




Featured Sources

Source A: “Wartown: War Production in America”

Source B: Image bank: Propaganda posters

Source C: “By the Numbers: Wartime Production”




Source A: "Why Hitler's Grand Plan during the Second World War Collapsed”

Source B: “World War II Deaths by Countries”

Source C: “D-Day”




Source A: Excerpt from Every War Must End

Source B: Images of World War II: The Pacific Islands

Source C: Transcript of President Truman announcing the bombing of Hiroshima, August 6, 1945




Summative Performance Task

ARGUMENT Why was the US on the winning side of World War II? Construct an argument (e.g., detailed outline, poster, essay) that addresses the compelling question using specific claims and relevant evidence from historical sources while acknowledging competing views.

EXTENSION Investigate the impact of World War II on particular groups in the United States (e.g., women, African Americans, Mexican braceros).

Taking Informed Action

UNDERSTAND Research how World War II affected students’ communities.

ASSESS Determine the most impactful ways in which students’ communities contributed to the war effort.

ACT Develop a World War II exhibit for display in the school or a local museum that captures the contributions of people from students’ communities.



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