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Unit 7 Interwar Years and WWII Project


Overview & Introduction

Students will choose one of the major topics of the Interwar Years or WWII to research (1920s – 1940s). There are 3 major components to this project:

(1) a finished Product

(2) a presentation of the product

(3) Citation Notecards

*You will need these for Language Arts when you write a paper

1. What will be my finished product? (NO POWERPOINTS)

  • Tri-fold board

  • Website (Mr. Mizell suggests Weebly; however, you are on your own in its creation)

  • 3-D Model

  • Detailed Scrap Book

  • Other ideas must be approved by me

2. How will I conduct my research?

  1. Some of the topics can be found here:

  1. Everyone will have to find other sources on the internet. Our school data base is a good place to start to find information

  1. Everyone will need at least 1 “hard source” such as a book or magazine. Many can be found in my classroom.

3. How do I properly cite my sources to prevent Plagiarism?

  1. You will use to cite your sources

  1. For every source (internet article, book, etc…) that you take information from, you will need to have a notecard

  1. The notecard will include the written citation in MLA format on one side and the information you chose to use on the other (written in your own words). You will eventually turn in these and use them for Mrs. Dancy’s paper

  1. There is no limit to how many sources you can have. (a minimum of 8)

4. What in particular should I be researching about my topic?

  1. Summaries and background information is the perfect place to start. You need to understand a little about your topic before getting into all the details

  1. Once you have a basic understanding, start finding specifics. Read through witness testimony, people’s journals, etc… (primary sources)

  1. Were there any major effects that happened?

  1. Why did it happen in the first place?

  1. Examine the human aspect of your topic (decisions, conflict, cooperation, etc…)

  1. Why is it important that we today remember your topic?

5. What goes into my Product that I Present to the Class?

  1. Everything listed above – I want plenty of information. When you present, you are the scholar and expert on the topic.

  1. Pictures, charts, pictorials, testimony, etc....

  1. If you are doing a 3-D model, you should be prepared to speak about the above information.

  1. A Printed Bibliography – which means you will transfer each MLA citation from your notecards to paper (I prefer typed, handwritten is acceptable if it is very neat). These should be in alphabetical order.

6. What are the expectations for my presentation?

  1. You will speak for approx. 5 – 7 minutes

  1. Eye contact, posture, composure, voice volume, and overall professionalism

  1. If you are curious as to what you should talk about, I suggest using section #4 above to help you organize your thoughts.

Date for Completion is tentative, but probably around April 11-13

Research Topics to Choose From

The Great Depression (focus on U.S., and Germany)

Economic disaster strikes the United States and other Western countries in 1929 and into the 1930s.

Genocide and Famine in the Soviet Union

The U.S.S.R. under Stalin and the Communists deliberately kill and starve millions in the 1920s and 1930s.

Attack on Pearl Harbor

The Japanese attack the U.S. naval base in Hawaii known as Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 which brings America into the war.

WWII Technology: The Atomic Bomb

WWII proved to be a war of innovation and technological advancement. Look into the Manhattan Project. Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

Navaho Code Talkers

The American Army is in need of a secret code to communicate with one another so the Japanese cannot understand their plans; they will look the language of the Navaho Native Americans.

Death Camps/Holocaust of WWII

To speed up the extermination of the Jews and other “undesirables”, Hitler and the Nazis will rely on Death Camps. The Angel of Death – a Nazi scientist who experimented on people.

Normandy Invasion (D-Day)

The Allied Powers plan one of the greatest invasions of all time – they will liberate France from Nazi Germany and open a second front in Europe. This will be a major turning point in the war.

Righteous Among the Nations

During the Holocaust and mass killings of Jews, hundreds of individuals in Europe, including Germany, will risk their lives to save the Jews from Hitler and the Nazis. Today they are honored as “Righteous Among the Nations” Find out more about these people through research. (two possible people – Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Raoul Wallenberg)

Japanese Internment in the U.S.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Government devises a controversial plan to handle the Japanese-American population living in the United States. The U.S. Government will place Japanese-Americans in camps.

Battle of Britain

Britain stands alone in 1940 – 1941 to face the might of the German war machine. The Battle of Britain will be one of the largest and most important aerial battles in world history.

Conference of WWII by the “Big Three”

The leaders of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union have a common enemy, Germany. They must put aside their differences and work out agreements and treaties to overcome the Axis Powers. Research the meetings of “Yalta” “Tehran” and “Potsdam.”

America’s Generals in WWII: George Patton and Douglas MacArthur.

Two very interesting characters from WWII. If you choose this topic, then focus on what they did during WWII (you may give some background biographical information). Think about doing a compare/contrast as well.

Assassination Attempts on Hitler

You will find several accounts of various attempts on Hitler’s life. Many Germans wanted him assassinated because they did not agree with what he was doing. You do not have to focus on all of the attempts, but there are some interesting ones.

General Erwin Rommel

A German General who was respected by his enemies for his battlefield tactics and good character. Rommel was most famous for holding off the Allies in North Africa and earned the nickname the “Desert Fox.” He also disagreed with the Nazis and Hitler on several issues.

POW – “Prisoners of War”

Research American/Allied prisoners in German and Japanese prisoner camps. Look into the Bataan Death March
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