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US - 10 - MoWoHi: Edwards: WWII Textbook Research Guide 2017: Assignment


Modern World History

Mr. Edwards

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 WWIIYou 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:

  1. While there is no page requirement, you must include enough text to fully explain your argument.  As a general guide, you will probably be writing as much for this as you would a standard take home essay. 
  2. You must include at least one excerpt from a textual primary document with your explanation and analysis included.  You must write an introduction to that primary document that sets up the document for the reader.  This can be written in italics above the primary document. 
  3. You must use a sufficient number of images and/or video clips.  Images and videos must be titled and captioned.

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. 

Possible Topics:

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

6. Yalta

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

16. D-Day

17. Wannsee Conference

18. Enigma and code breaking during the war

19. Iwo Jima and Okinawa

20. Firebombing of Dresden