World War II

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Standards 5.52-5.60

5.52 Using a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the rise of fascism, totalitarianism, and Nazism in Europe and Japan, the leaders and the goals of the Germany, Italy, and Japan. (P, H)

5.53 Compare and contrast different stories from media, and informational text regarding the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its impact on the United States, including the USS Arizona and USS Tennessee and America’s entry in the war. (H, TN)

5.54 Evaluate the constitutionality of Japanese internment during the war. (C, E, P, H)

5.55 Locate the Axis and Allied Powers and the major theaters of war on a map. (G)

5.56 With supporting facts and details provide reasons for rationing, victory gardens, the design of The Rosie the Riveter ideal (Avco jobs for Tennessee women) and the Women Airforce Service Pilots-Cornelia Fort. (C, E, H, TN)

5.57 Write an informative text about the Holocaust and its impact. (C, P, H)

5.58 Clarify the reasons for the German surrender and reasons for the European division of Germany. (G, H)

5.59 Describe the role of the Manhattan Project and Oak Ridge, Tennessee in ending World War II and the decision to drop the atom bomb on Japan. (H, TN)

5.60 Explain the purpose of the formation of the United Nations and the role of Cordell Hull. (H, TN)

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Read: Zimmerman Telegram; Telegram to Harry Burn from his mother 

Standards US54-US72

US.54 Examine the impact of American actions in foreign policy in the 1920’s, including the refusal to join the League of Nations, the Washington Disarmament Conference, and the KelloggBriand Pact. (H, P)

US.55 Gather relevant information from multiple sources to explain the reasons for and consequences of American actions in foreign policy during the 1930’s, including the HooverStimson Note, the Johnson Debt Default Act, and the Neutrality Acts of 1935, 1937, and 1939. (H, P)

US.56 Analyze the reasons for and consequences of the rise of fascism and totalitarianism in Europe during the 1930’s, including the actions of Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. (H, P)

US.57 Examine President Roosevelt’s response to the rise of totalitarianism, including the Quarantine Speech, the Four Freedoms Speech, the Atlantic Charter, and Lend-Lease. (E, P)

US.58 Explain the reasons for American entry into World War II, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. (H, P) US.59 Identify and locate on a map the Allied and Axis countries and the major theatres of the war.

(G) US.60 Explain United States and Allied wartime strategy and major events of the war, including the Bataan Death March, Midway, “island hopping,” Iwo Jima, Okinawa, invasion of North Africa and Italy, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge. (C, G, H, P)

US.61 Identify the roles and sacrifices of individual American soldiers, as well as the unique contributions of special fighting forces such as the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, the 101 st Airborne, and the Navajo Code Talkers. (C, H)

US.62 Identify the roles played and significant actions of the following individuals in World War II: (H, P) · Franklin Roosevelt · Winston Churchill · Joseph Stalin · Harry Truman · Adolph Hitler · Benito Mussolini · Hideki Tōjō · Dwight Eisenhower · George C. Marshall · Douglas MacArthur

US.63 Describe the constitutional issues and impact of events on the United States home front, including the internment of Japanese Americans (Fred Korematsu v. United States of America). (C, P)

US.64 Examine and explain the entry of large numbers of women into the workforce during World War II and its subsequent impact on American society (such as at Avco in Tennessee), as well as the service of women in the armed forces, including Cornelia Fort. (C, E, P, TN)

US.65 Examine the impact of World War II on economic and social conditions for African Americans, including the Fair Employment Practices Committee, the service of African Americans in the armed forces and the work force, and the eventual integration of the armed forces by President Truman. (C, E, H, P)

US.66 Describe the war’s impact on the home front, including rationing, bond drives, movement to cities and industrial centers, and the Bracero program. (C, E, G, H)

US.67 Describe the major developments in aviation, weaponry, communication, and medicine (penicillin), and the war’s impact on the location of American industry and use of resources. (E, G)

US.68 Explain the importance of the establishment and the impact of the Fort Campbell base, Oak Ridge nuclear facilities, TVA, Alcoa influences, and Camp Forrest as a POW center. (E, G, P, TN)

US.69 Write an opinion piece evaluating the Manhattan Project, including the rationale for using the atomic bomb to end the war. (H)

US.70 Examine the American reaction and response to the Holocaust. (C, H, P)

US.71 Explain major outcomes of the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences. (G, H, P)

US.72 Identify and explain the reasons for the founding of the United Nations, including the role of Cordell Hull. (P, H, TN)

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Read: excerpts from the Announcement of Dropping the Atomic Bomb, Harry Truman; Letter to President Franklin Roosevelt, Albert Einstein