USF's WebQuest 

WebQuest Title:  Theaters of WWII
Author: Jefferson Douglas

 

Introduction

World War II was indeed a war that involved (almost) the entire world- both geographically and politically. More people had some stake in the outcome of this war than any other in the history of humankind. As you will see, battles were fought against fascism on the land, in the air and above and beneath the sea. The war was won by the Allies, but only through the hard work of soldiers in the field and their families at home.

This web quest has been designed to introduce the student (that's you) to three of the major regions where the Allies toiled to win the war. You will conduct historical  research and find out the struggles that people, many of them still teenagers, endured in order to defeat the tide of fascism and secure the world for democracy. You have been split up into three different groups. Each group will research the answers to four important questions; these answers will help you reconstruct some of the details and dilemmas of this world conflict.

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 Task

Your Task as an Historian will be to create a coherent power-point presentation that answers the following four questions concerning the war effort during WWII .                                                                             

NOTE: If your theater is the home front you will need to substitute the words "worked" or "supported" for the word "fought" in the questions below.

                                                               

Question 1

Question 2 Question 2 Question
Describe the physical and human geography of your theater of war. What was the terrain like? Who was living there? What countries engaged in battle in this region? Who was in charge? What were the casualties like for the Allies? Why was the effort in this region important to the outcome of the war? What important events in this theater led to the winning of the war? Describe at least one major event that helped solidify the Allied victory. What were some new technologies used by the US and our Allies in this theater of operations? How did the Allied technologies compare to those used by the axis powers in this theater? How reliable were the new technologies? Describe one humanitarian crisis or moral dilemma involved with the waging of war in this region. Do you think this crisis could have been avoided? Were decisions made by top officials moral? What are the lasting effects of this crisis?

Your power-point presentation should be twenty three slides and will contain the following:

● introduction and works cited page

● five slides for each question- each question should also contain one map and two photographs (not clip art)

● timeline of major events in this theater

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Process

You will have four days to research these questions and two days to create your presentations. Each group will present for an entire fifty minute class period on the seventh through ninth days. You will be teaching what happened during WWII in this region to the rest of the class, so be sure your presentations are neat, organized, creative and accurate.

               Resources                 

Europe/ North Africa

To answer the above questions in the "Task" section you will find the following websites of the utmost importance.

http://www.dean.usma.edu/history/web03/atlases/ww2%20europe/ww2%20europe%20war%20index.htm

ww2%20europe/ww2%20europe%20war%20index.htm This site is run by the dean of the U.S. Military Academy and contains over 80 maps.

http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/collections/eame-cmps.htm This site, published by the US Army contains the complete campaign brochure for the entire theater of operations.

http://fas-history.rutgers.edu/oralhistory/orlhom.htm This site contains numerous oral histories from WWII Veterans.

http://fcit.coedu.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/website.htm This site links you to numerous resources concerning the holocaust.

http://www.ieee-virtual-museum.org/exhibit/exhibit.php?id=159269&lid=1 On the left of this page you will find links to all sorts of new WWII technology.

http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIAirSea.htm This site has comparisons of Allied/ Axis air-power.

  The Home front

 You will find the answers to the "Task" section in the following websites:

 http://www.60wwii.mil/Presentation/Education/FS_homefront.cfm This page contains labor and production statistics for the home front during the war.

http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIHomefront.htm Here are some valuable resources with many links to sites on women and the home front.

http://www.museumonmainstreet.org/exhibs_produce/produce_resources.htm  This Smithsonian site contains many artifacts that will help you understand the home front experience.

http://library.thinkquest.org/15511/?tqskip1=1  Included here is a great simulation that will help you understand how people at home dealt with their sons and husbands fighting overseas.

http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/WWII_Women/tocCS.html This Brown University site contains oral histories of Rhode Island women during the War.

http://newton.uor.edu/Departments&Programs/AsianStudiesDept/asianam-intern.html This site contains a list of resources concerning Japanese internment camps in the US during the War.

 Asia/ Pacific

Use these sites to research the answers to the questions in the "Task" section.

http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/collections/AP-cmps.htm This site contains all campaign brochures for the war in the Pacific.

http://www.dannen.com/decision/ Here are primary documents pertaining to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb.

http://www.ieee-virtual-museum.org/exhibit/exhibit.php?id=159269&lid=1 This site gives valuable resources about technology used in WWII.

http://www.teacheroz.com/WWIIAirSea.htm Available for comparisons of Allied and Axis war planes

http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/pacificwar/ Pictures with descriptive captions and a timeline of the Pacific War.

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Evaluation

Given below is the Rubric I will use to assess your performance. There will be a total of 75 points awarded for your power-point demonstration.

 Power Point Presentation       Private    0-5 points      Sergeant     5-10 points      General     10-15 points
 Question #1  Student show no little or no attempt to answer question. Information given is inaccurate or irrelevant. There is no or few visual aides. Student makes good attempt to answer the question but leaves out important information- or- information given is not entirely relevant to the question asked. All visual aids are present, but do not relate to the slide. Student answers all questions by using important, relevant and historically accurate information.  All visual aides are present and illustrate main ideas. Student's answers show deep thought and analysis of the issues.
 Question #2  Student show no little or no attempt to answer question. Information given is inaccurate or irrelevant. There is no or few visual aides. Student makes good attempt to answer the question but leaves out important information- or- information given is not entirely relevant to the question asked. All visual aids are present, but do not relate to the slide. Student answers all questions by using important, relevant and historically accurate information.  All visual aides are present and illustrate main ideas. Student's answers show deep thought and analysis of the issues.
 Question #3  Student show no little or no attempt to answer question. Information given is inaccurate or irrelevant. There is no or few visual aides. Student makes good attempt to answer the question but leaves out important information- or- information given is not entirely relevant to the question asked. All visual aids are present, but do not relate to the slide. Student answers all questions by using important, relevant and historically accurate information.  All visual aides are present and illustrate main ideas. Student's answers show deep thought and analysis of the issues.
 Question #4  Student show no little or no attempt to answer question. Information given is inaccurate or irrelevant. There is no or few visual aides. Student makes good attempt to answer the question but leaves out important information- or- information given is not entirely relevant to the question asked. All visual aids are present, but do not relate to the slide. Student answers all questions by using important, relevant and historically accurate information.  All visual aides are present and illustrate main ideas. Student's answers show deep thought and analysis of the issues.

 Overall creativity and organization of the presentation

Student shows little or no creativity. The presentation is bare minimum of requirements. Slides are not organized into a logical order. No "Work's Cited" page. Student shows an attempt at creativity by going beyond the minimum. Presentation is attractive, and somewhat organized, but does not flow from slide to slide. Some of the student's sources are cited. Presentation is professional, attractive and organized. Slides flow from one to another and tell the story of WWII in the student's theater of operation. Presentation includes an extensive "Work's Cited" page.

Each student will be awarded 0 - 15 points based on their leading of the discussion as they give their presentation. A student who only clicks on the slideshow and says nothing will not be awarded any points. A student who explains the slides and poses questions to the other students and creates a discussion will achieve the maximum 15 points.

 Each student will be awarded 0 - 10 points based on participating in the other students' presentations. If a student lays his or her head on a desk he or she will receive no points. If the student joins in the discussion and asks questions or gives opinions this student will eardn 10 points.

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 Conclusion

Upon finishing this web quest and the subsequent days of presentations and discussion you will have a basic understanding of the Second World War. You will now understand who fought and where they fought. You will be able to read into the events of the war and see which were integral to the defeat of fascism. You will be able to compare the technologies of the Allies to those of the Axis powers. You will also be able to evaluate some difficult decisions that were made to win the war. Also... you will understand that something as large as WWII could not have been won without the support of the folks back home. The Allies won WWII because the US entered in 1941, and it was because the entire country came together that fascism died in the mid -forties. We as citizens must ensure that this terrible, totalitarian political philosophy does not rise again. The only way to beat ideas like fascism is to see them coming and head them off with a heavy dose of deep thinking and questioning the leaders.