Unit Plan-Origins-Practices-Results of World War Two

Enduring Understanding-20th century conflicts are more often about disputes over resources than political systems.

Essential Questions:
  1. To what extent was the cause of World War II the policies of Hitler?
  2. Appeasement was the main contributing factor to World War II. How far do you agree?
  3. Explain the long terms causes of World War II.
  4. Identify and explain the turning points during World War II.
  5. Explain the results of World War II.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify and prioritize the short and long term causes of WW II.
  2. Explain the major turning points in WW II.
  3. Discuss the role of technology during WW II.
  4. Examine the results of WW II.
Links to TOK: Ethical- Was it justified to drop atomic bombs on a civilian population?
Activities:
  1. Mind map creation-An uneasy peace 1929-35; Failiure of collective security 1935-37; The drift to global war-1938-41
  2. Debate causes of WW II.
  3. Short answer introductory pargaraph development emphasizing the causes-practices-results of WW II.
  4. Wiki page development- An uneasy peace 1929-35; Failiure of collective security 1935-37; The drift to global war-1938-41.
  5. Debate and prioritize causes of WW II.
  6. Power Point presentation diagraming and explaining cause-effect relationship of the events contributing to WW II.
  7. Identify primary and secondary source material that supports/refutes a historical debate.
Assessments:
Formative:
  1. Wiki page development
  2. Quizzes
  3. Debates
  4. Power Point presentations

Summative:
  1. Five paragraph essay- To what extent did Hitler's policies cause WW II?
  2. Wiki page development
  3. Power Point Presentation
Resources:
  1. Roads to War- Josh Broman
  2. Modern World History- Ben Walsh
  3. Activehistory.co.uk


WIKI PAGE-instructions


Develop a wiki page for the content listed below. Also develop an analysis question and answer it at the bottom of the wiki. I will post comments on your wiki page. Check your discussion tab to revise your wiki page.

Part One- An Uneasy Peace, 1929-35
Focus Question:
To what extent was the League Of Nations role in stopping Germany and Japan in interfering with neighboring countries successful?
  1. It was sucessful to a mininum, their role was to stop or prevent any wars, and they failed to do so.
  2. Japan took over a neighboring country and more without the League being able to stop it.
  3. Germany began rebuilding and arming itself and violating the Treaty of Versailles, however the league also failed to do so nd turned a blind eye.
  4. The League of Nations had little resources in infantry and military leading to minimal changes in stopping countries who where economically and military powerful.

  1. The 'New Era' -hopes for peace in 1929 Gob
  2. The Great Depression Jean
  3. Japan, Manchuria and the League, 1931-33 Elisa
  4. The revival of Germany, 1933-35 P.T.

Part Two- The collapse of collective security, 1935-37
Focus question:
How did the actions of Italy, Japan, and Germany during 1935-1937 (1933-1939 for Japan) lead to their signing of the Anti-Communist Pact in 1936-1937?

1. Germany and Japan both hated communism.
2. The Communists in China merged together forming the Chinese Communist Party. This caused the Japanese to retaliate by signing an agreement with Germany to oppose communism.
3. The Japanese were also angered by the Soviet-Chinese nonaggression treaty of August 1936.
4. It created a strong alliance joining the major power of the east and western hemisphere.

  1. The Ethiopia Crisis, 1935-36 First
  2. From the Saarland to the Rhineland, 1935-36 Man
  3. Spain, Europe and the Axis Bambam
  4. The Empire of the Sun, 1933-39 Viking


Part Three- The drift to global war, 1938-41

Focus question:
Was Hitler solely responsible for World War II?

Pro:
  • Hitler broke the Treaty of Versailles.
  • Hitler's act threatened the peace of other countries.
  • The Nazis soviet pact threatened the independence of Poland, British and France.
  • Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia.
  • Hitler held massive rearmament rally in Germany.

Counter:
  • Treaty of Versailles was too harsh. Other countries blamed Germany for the cause of WW1, it wasn't only Germany's fault. If the Treaty of Versailles wasn't set up, Germany wouldn't have to gain back its territory.
  • The communist threat was a major cause of WW2. Most countries in Europe didn't want to be influence by the idea of Communism.
  • The League of Nation didn't have any power. They can't deal with the communist threat or with Hitler.
  • Stalin and Hitler made a pact to divide Poland, each gaining territory. When this happened, Britain and France declared war on Germany, but not the Soviet Union.
  • Appeasement encouraged war. It made Hitler think no one dare stop him, which encouraged him to go further and further until in the end he went too far.The Sudetenland led Stalin to make the Nazi-Soviet Pact, because he believed he could not trust Britain.

  1. The disappointment of Austria, 1938 Rock
  2. The Czech crisis of 1938 Tito
  3. Europe's last year of peace, 1938-39 Nicha
  4. The spread of war, 1939-40 Alex
  5. 1941-Towards a global war Smile

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