The political and economic fallout from the First World War and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles did not bring about the lasting peace that was hoped. Rather, the outcome of World War I left the German nation a major power in Europe--and bitter over their defeat. The worldwide effects of the Great Depression had a major impact on the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany, but the effects were most notably felt in Germany.
This discontent led to the rise of Adolf Hitler, his Nazi Party, and the creation of the Axis. Determined to re-establish Germany as the true superpower in Europe, the Germany military sprung into action, conquering large amounts of Western Europe before many of the neighboring countries could realize what had happened. At the same time, Italy invaded North Africa and Japan began to expand its influence by conquering many islands in the Pacific.
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- Define World War II terminology.
- Summarize setting the stage for war: The Fall of the Weimar Republic.
- Summarize Adolph Hitler's Life and career.
- Summarize the other Axis powers.
- Describe the Phoney War.
- Summarize the battles of France and Britain.
- Describe the North African Campaign.
- Summarize the Eastern Front, Italian Campaign, and the Pacific Theatre.
- Summarize the end of the War.
- Summarize the horrors of the Third Reich.
- Summarize the aftermath of World War II.
- Summarize prominent figures of World War II.
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|Assignment 1: What to gain?||15 points|
|Lesson 1 Exam: Terminology, Part I||100 points|
|Assignment 2: Personal Interests||15 points|
|Lesson 2 Exam: Terminology, Part II and Course Structure||100 points|
|Assignment 3: Nazi Party Rise||15 points|
|Lesson 3 Exam: Setting the Stage: The Fall of the Weimar Republic||80 points|
|Assignment 4: Who was Hitler?||35 points|
|Lesson 4 Exam: Adolph Hitler’s Life & Career||90 points|
|Assignment 5: Key Axis People||20 points|
|Lesson 5 Exam: The Other Axis Powers: Italy and Japan||80 points|
|Assignment 6: The Maginot Line||15 points|
|The Maginot Line as a Metaphor||20 points|
|Lesson 6 Exam: Opening Salvos – Germany Starts the War||80 points|
|Assignment 7: The Phoney War||15 points|
|Stopping the Phoney War?||10 points|
|Lesson 7 Exam: The Phoney War||20 points|
|Assignment 8: Time Line||15 points|
|The Battle of Britain||25 points|
|Lesson 8 Exam: The Battles of France and Britain||100 points|
|Assignment 9: Why Africa?||15 points|
|Lesson 9: The North African Campaign||120 points|
|Assignment 10: Stalin and Cold Weather||30 points|
|Hitler's Blunder -- A two front War!||25 points|
|Lesson 10: The Eastern Front||150 points|
|Assignment 11: Italian Campaign Timeline||20 points|
|Lesson 11: The Italian Campaign||80 points|
|Assignment 12: United States Involvement||30 points|
|Lend Lease Act||25 points|
|Lesson 12: The Pacific Theatre||140 points|
|Assignment 13: War Ends||25 points|
|Why didn't the U.S. drop an Atomic Bomb on Germany?||25 points|
|Lesson 13: The End of the War: Victories in Europe and Japan||100 points|
|Assignment 14: The Holocaust||25 points|
|Lesson 14 Exam: The Horrors of the Third Reich||110 points|
|Assignment 15: Israel||15 points|
|The Marshall Plan: Preventative Maintenance?||40 points|
|Lesson 15 Exam: The Aftermath of World War II||110 points|
|Assignment 16: Hollywood||15 points|
|Lesson 16 Exam: Prominent Figures of World War II: The Axis||100 points|
|Assignment 17: American Involvement||25 points|
|Lesson 17 Exam: Prominent Figures of World War II: The Allies||100 points|