For this project, your group will be tasked with teaching about U.S. involvement in a particular conflict. Your group will use secondary source materials (books, databases, etc.) as well as primary source materials (photographs, letters, newspapers, propaganda, etc.) to explain the conflict. The objective is to teach the content with accuracy and creativity.
There will be an assessment on all of the conflicts presented at the end of the presentations.
Class Presentation (Google Slides) with Primary Sources
Handouts (graphic organizers) for the presentation
Important Dates: (Note: these dates are subject to change)
Wednesday 2/27 - Friday 2/28 + Monday 3/11 - Thursday 3/14 -- Research Days in the Library (Spring Break is in the middle)
Wednesday 3/13 (1st and 3rd) and Thursday 3/14 (7th) -- Bulleted Notes Due
Thursday 3/14 (1st) and Friday 3/15 (3rd and 7th) -- All presentations and handouts are due
Monday 3/18 - Thursday 3/21 -- Class Presentations
Product 1: Bulleted Notes
For each war, your group will need to define and identify the following pieces of information as they pertain to the war. Include each in your handout and presentation.
When did this war happen?
When did America become involved in this conflict?
What were the main causes of the war?
When did these causes occur?
Why did America become involved?
Who were the combatants in this conflict?
What were the alliances in this conflict?
Who was/were America’s ally/allies?
What were new elements of technology that were introduced during this war?
When were they introduced?
How did these technological advances impact the war?
What was life on the homefront like during the war?
How did people help the American army from home?
How were women involved during the war?
What were some of the ways that people protested the war?
How was propaganda used in order to influence people’s perceptions of the war?
How did the American army recruit individuals to fight?
How did America use propaganda to describe the enemy?
How did other groups (not Americans) use propaganda?
What was the outcome of the war?
Who won the war?
When and how did the war end
What were the terms of the peace?
What were the total number of casualties for the main combatants?
Term Lists for Each Conflict - Use these lists to help guide your research in answering the essential questions. You may include additional terms that you encounter in your research.
WWI Term List - linked here
WWII Term List - linked here
Korean War Term List - linked here
Vietnam War - linked here
List of Sources:
The list that follows below explains what conflict-specific terms and details need to be included for your particular war. You will teach these ALL of the terms to the class and will pick FIVE that your group decides are the MOST IMPORTANT
Britannica Image Quest
Gale Virtual Library
American History Online
Products 2 and 3: Presentation and Handout
Details and Tips for Presentation:
Should be between 10 and 15 minutes
You should have at least 8 slides (including a title slide)
Begin with a hook to engage your audience
Use an image (photograph or propaganda poster) and have the students analyze it
Use a video clip (must be approved by the teacher) that shows the conflict
Use an excerpt from a novel or a poem to have the students analyze
Use a song that describes (or protests) the war
Your slides should be EASY TO READ and engaging to the audience
Avoid using too much text (or too little text)
Avoid simply reading off of the slides -- create your own notes to supplement the slides
Needs to include both key information and key terms
YOU MUST INCLUDE PRIMARY SOURCES - each person must incorporate a primary source example
Details and Tips for Handouts:
The handout must include all of the key information and key terms
The handout is meant to help your fellow students to follow your presentation and prepare for the assessment
Your handout must include five most important key terms that will be on the assessment
Your handout should be accurate, easy to follow, and informative
You can teach the information to the students in lecture style and through other teaching styles:
Through primary sources
Through group activities
The following lists are approved locations to find the information. ****DO NOT USE GOOGLE**** (Also, do not use any other types of general search engines as these can lead to biased, inaccurate websites.)
Monday to Thursday
7:30 am - 3:45 pm
7:30 am - 2:45 pm
Closed weekends and school holidays
Hours subject to change in accordance with the school calendar