Modern World History
World War II Textbook Project
For this unit’s assessment you will be researching a topic on World War II and creating a chapter in a history textbook. You will select a topic from the list of choices below. Then, using a template from the Pages app on your iPad or a Mac, you will write a chapter in a textbook about your topic. After you do your research you must decide, like any good historian, what information should be included in your chapter and what should be excluded. What is the best way for this topic to be presented? What emotions do you want to evoke in the people who read your chapter? What images will capture the imagination of the viewer? Use photos, videos, primary documents, audio tapes, voiceovers, embedded Powerpoint slides, interactive media… anything you feel will capture the imagination of the viewer.
Remember, like any good writing, your chapter must have a thesis that addresses the following. How does your event reveal a major theme of WWII? You need to connect your topic to some major theme of World War II to show how it fits into the broader context of the war and why it was so important. In other words, if I were to study WWII and not study your event, why would my understanding of the war be lacking? What would I be missing?
A few requirements:
4. You must have a works cited page and in-text citations.
5. You must have a sufficient number and variety of sources. In other words, you need a
blend of online sources and old-school books and articles. Use primary and secondary
sources. Remember that encyclopedias are a good place to start your research but do not
count as scholarly sources to be included on a works cited.
6. You will also be doing a three to five-minute oral presentation to your classmates about
your project. Your oral presentation will explain your overall argument. You can use, but
are not required to use, your textbook as a means to support your argument. You might
want to project the images from your textbook to supplement your oral presentation. You
will be graded on the clarity and professionalism of your presentation.
The project is due on Friday, Feb 3. Oral presentations begin the same day. The chapter is worth 100 points and the oral presentation is worth 50 points.
1. Japanese invasion of Manchuria
2. Rape of Nanking (Nanjing)
3. Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact
4. Blitzkrieg: A New Type of Warfare
5. Manhattan Project
7. Nazis in Russia (Invasion and Occupation)
8. French Resistance to Nazi Occupation (Charles de Gaulle)
9. Neville Chamberlain as wartime Prime Minister
10. Churchill as wartime Prime Minister
11. Battle of Britain
12. Pearl Harbor
13. Dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
14. Nuremberg War Trials (post-war)
15. Battle of Stalingrad
17. Wannsee Conference
18. Enigma and code breaking during the war
19. Iwo Jima and Okinawa
20. Firebombing of Dresden