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This teaching unit, "World War II Unit," is the ninth in a series of 10 units about Alabama state history, part of a project designed to help teachers integrate the use of primary source materials into their classrooms. Although the units are designed to augment the study of Alabama, they are useful in the study of U.S. history, world history, and the social studies in general. Each unit contains background information for the teacher and consists of several lessons. Lessons contain learning objectives, suggested activities, and documents. This unit is divided into 11 sections: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Lesson 1: Political Cartoons" (nine primary source documents); (3) "Lesson 2: Production and Propaganda" (three primary source documents); (4) "Lesson 3: WACS Women in the War" (eight primary source documents); (5) "Lesson 4: Needs of a Soldier" (two primary source documents); (6) "Lesson 5: German Prisoners in Alabama" (five primary source documents); (7) "Lesson 6: Home Front 'Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do or Do Without!'" (five primary source documents); (8) "Lesson 7: Sacrifice and Service at Home" (eight primary source documents); (9) "Lesson 8: VE Day" (one primary source document); (10) "General Guidelines for Analyzing a Document"; and (11) "General Guidelines for Analyzing a Photograph." (BT)

Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, State History, Student Educational Objectives, World War II

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Autor: Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, Montgomery.


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