World War II Web Quest


Introduction: Some of you may have loved ones fighting in a conflict somewhere in the world today. World War II was the last major war that occupied the thoughts and resources of the entire world. You will analyze the major characteristics of WWII through research and design and present a PowerPoint illustrating what you learned.


Online Resources/ References to be used:
1. http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/exhibition/flash.html
2. http://www.nationalww2museum.org/education/for-students/
3. http://victory1945.rt.com
4. http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii
5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/


Processes/ Tasks:
Click on first website. Choose WWII from the timeline. Begin. Play movie. After watching the movie answer the following: Where did the US first fight upon entering WWII? (2 countries) How did the US Pacific forces push back the Japanese? At the end of the war, what was formed in hopes of maintaining a “Lasting Peace”?


Enter exhibit. Choose 1 (Axis aggression) and answer this question after reading: Which 3 countries were classified as the 3 major Axis Powers?


Choose 2 (America enters the war) and answer this question after reading: What event prompted America to enter WWII? What date did this occur?


Explore 5 through 8 across the top. Identify the four major theaters of war.


Choose 6 (Mediterranean Theater) and answer this question after reading: Which Country and Prime Minister became allies with the United States and President Franklin Roosevelt?


Choose 7 (Storming Fortress Europe) and answer this question after reading: What happened to some of the Prisoners of War taken by the Nazi’s?


Choose 11 (Victory and Peace) and answer this question after reading: On what day was Victory in Europe (V-E Day) and on what day did Japan admit defeat?


Click on second website. WWII Timeline. Pick Year (1942) and month (June). Choose Holocaust. What horror of war began in Auschwitz?


Pick Year (1945) and month (January). Who liberated Auschwitz death camp?


What happened on August 6 and 9 in 1945?


Click on second website: Choose WWII Glossary. Click to launch glossary. Look up “Big Three”. Who were the three prominent Allied leaders?


Click on third website. War Fact Files. War Overview. What happened in September 1939 that marked the beginning of WWII?


Click on fourth website.
Near the bottom under People and Groups, click on any names you haven’t come across yet and read their bios. Which were influential in WWII?


Near the bottom, under Events, click on Battle of the Bulge. Choose The Battle of the Bulge Video with a photo of a map. After watching the video answer: Who led the American Allied forces in Europe?


Click on Videos near the top. Choose Attack on Pearl Harbor video (1 min 49 sec) and ignore ad. Who was the US President who asked Congress to declare war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor?


Click on fifth website: Victory in Europe and Japan. WWII How the Allies Won by Professor Richard Overy. Introduction. Which two countries joined Britain to form the 3 Major Allied Powers?

Outcome:
Student will design and present a PowerPoint on the information gathered. Presentation will include:
· Minimum of 10 slides
· Incorporate
· Title slide
· Introduction
· Major countries involved in WWII (Axis and Allies)
· Why US entered into WWII and what started WWII initially
· Major influential people involved in World War II
· Where the main battlefronts were fought
· Horrors of War (at least 2)
· Timeline of at least 8 major events including:
o When WWII began
o When the US entered the War
o When WWII ended in Europe
o When WWII ended in the Pacific

Evaluation Method:


Criteria
Unsatisfactory
(0 pts)
Satisfactory
(1-2 pts)
Good
(3-4 pts)
Excellent
(5 pts)
Presentation Length
Less than 10 slides
10 slides in length.
Over 10 slides
15 or more slides.
Content
Does not cover the minimum information or has serious logic or flow issues.
Some issues with logical flow and illustration of ideas, but covers the minimum requirements.
Written clearly and concisely with logic flow. Covers the required content.
Written clearly and concisely with logic flow. Goes beyond the required content and presents other related topics or ideas.
Accuracy
Factual inaccuracy showing a lack of effort.
Some misunderstandings evidenced by some factual inaccuracies.
All facts presented are correct.
All facts presented are correct and placed within a context that promotes understanding.
Writing Mechanics
Many errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization, or punctuation.
Several errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization, or punctuation.
Few errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization, or punctuation.
No errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization, or punctuation.
Layout
Consistent inappropriate layout with issues with white space, headings, graphics, and bullets.
Several layout issues with white space, headings, graphics, and bullets.
Layout is mostly pleasing with very few issues with white space, headings, graphics, and bullets.
Layout is visually pleasing and easy to read. Appropriate use of headings, bullets, graphics, and white space.
Graphics/Media
No graphics or sound used.
Graphics and sounds used sporadically.
Consistent use of graphics and sound.
Consistent use of graphics and sound that enhance the learning experience.