This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "USS Arizona Wreck," and other materials from the park. It was written by John Vierra, Jr., park ranger, USS ArizonaMemorial
Beginning with the first American treaty with Japan in 1854 though the attacks in 1941, students will use primary sources to synthesize information and draw conclusions about the role of the U.S. Navy in foreign policy and to understand how people in 1941 reacted to the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor. These lesson plans are geared towards upper middle and high school students. You may download and reproduce everything available. We encourage you to use these lesson plans as pre-museum visit materials.
This lesson could be used in American history units on World War II or in courses dealing more generally with war and conflict. Students will better understand the logistics of the Japanese attack, the Arizona's destruction, and the significance of the Memorial to the people of the United States.
Time period:Modern America
GRADE LEVEL – 5-12
EDSITEMENT – THE ROAD TO PEARL HARBOR
Although most Americans were shocked by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the outbreak of war between the two countries came as no surprise to most observers of international affairs. These lessons study the reasons of the attack.
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson plans provide a rich opportunity to enhance learning by bringing historic places across the country directly into your classroom. Students experience the excitement of these special places and the stories they have to tell through carefully selected written and visual materials.