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Social Studies Curriculum Map 6.4
Subject: 10th Grade World History Unit: World War II
Six Weeks: Sixth Time Frame: ____________
Learning Summary: The Emerging 20th Century
(World War I and II, Great Depression, Cold War)
By the start of the 20th century, political reforms were taking place in a number of industrial nations. In
1914, a chain of events led European nations into World War I. Two great shifting alliances faced off in the
bloodiest conflict the world had yet to see. In this global war, new technologies were introduced that
revolutionized modern warfare. The despair caused by this war led to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia
and the Great Depression across the globe. Totalitarian regimes in several countries rose from these hard
economic times and adopted aggressive military policies that eventually led to World War II. Two competing
alliances, the Axis and the Allies, faced off in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific which ushered in the Nuclear
Age. Following this war, growing tensions between the world’s two foremost nuclear powers, the United
State and the Soviet Union, gave rise to the Cold War. The two superpowers battled for world supremacy and
demanded that other nations take sides, thus dividing the world into opposing camps.
Students will examine the changing map of Europe both before and after the World Wars, as well as assemble
a chronology of events that lead to past and current global conflict.
I can describe the causes of World War II. (WH1F)
I can explain how political, economic, and social systems were affected by World War II. (WH1F)
I can summarize the characteristics of fascism and totalitarianism. (WH12A, WH18D, WH19B)
I can describe why totalitarianism developed. (WH12A)
I can explain the roles of Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tojo, Joseph Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt, and
Winston Churchill during World War II. (WH12B)
I can explain the major causes and events of World War II, including the German invasion of Poland and the
Soviet Union, the Holocaust, Japanese imperialism, the attack on Pearl harbor, the Normandy landings, and
the dropping of the atomic bombs. (WH12C, WH22D)
I can explain the significance of the United Nations. (WH20D)
I can explain the effects of the new military technologies used in World War II. (WH28C)
I can describe how women’s roles and families changed during World War II. (WH24A)
Enduring Understanding(s) for this unit:
In response to political and economic turmoil, Germany, Italy and Japan turned to totalitarian dictatorships.
The failure of the world to respond to the aggression of the dictators led to another world war.
Essential Questions:
How could a nation turn to totalitarianism?
The League of Nations failed to accomplish its mission of keeping the peace. Why?
Critical Vocabulary: Limit to 5-10 words that are most essential
Instructional Notes/ Possible Misconceptions: Include notes here that would be helpful for a new teacher
about this unit in general.
Model Lesson (Below):
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Instructional Strategies/Infusion of 21st Century Skills:
 Maps related to subject matter – map of world showing major battles in World War II
 Primary source readings using SOAPS or APPARTS
 Response Writing: Modern World History Alive - Western Europe in the Modern World 4.2
“World War II Events: Predicting European Responses”
 Problem Solving: Modern World History Alive – Western Europe in the Modern World 4.3
“Recounting Stories of Resistance from the Holocaust”
 Word wall for terms in 6.4 – relate them to modern day
 Write a journal for a child during World War II –
 Thinking map on women’s roles during World War II
 Create a chart on how political, economic, and social systems were affected by World War II
 Socratic Seminar: Could World War II have been prevented and how
 Timeline of events preceding and during World War II – write an essay on which events were
the most critical to the start of the war and to the conclusion of the war
 Using the internet, list facts on the individuals in 6.4
 Exit Ticket on the importance of the United Nations, give examples of its work today
Additional Resources:
Additional documents, assignments, videos etc will be listed here and attached electronically. Items here must
be available on all campuses and not copyrighted.
Assessment: Create a 7-15 question assessment that is TAKS formatted covering the TEKS for this unit..
Also attach a key and indicate the SEs and TAKS objective tested.