A New World War II Teaching Resource

We have a brand new World War II page on DocsTeach, the online tool for teaching with documents! The page includes hundreds of primary sources and teaching activities for WWII.

"World War II" overlaid onto a drawing of soldiers coming ashore with guns

You’ll find primary source sets for a variety of WWII topics, including:

Political cartoon showing Hitler balancing the world on his gun while world leaders look on with anxiety
“It’s A Good Act But It’s Hard On The Spectators” by Clifford Berryman, 8/20/1939. From the Records of the U.S. Senate

The new page also includes several teaching activities for use online or in the classroom.

In the activity Interpreting a Political Cartoon from the Eve of WWII, students identify artistic techniques used to convey a cartoon’s message about the lead-up to World War II.

In Letter to Truman about the Manhattan Project, students analyze a letter from the Secretary of War requesting a meeting with the President. They try to determine what the referenced “highly secret matter” is – the atomic bomb.

The activity Pearl Harbor Dispatch Analysis presents students with a naval dispatch sent from the Commander in Chief of the Pacific that announced the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. But excerpts of the “This is Not Drill” document are blacked out, and students must examine the document to figure out what the document is and what the story is about.

Blacked out version of "This is Not a Drill" dispatch that students see during the activity

We have several more teaching activities at www.docsteach.org/topics/wwii as well, including on the Holocaust, the refugee crisis, Pearl Harbor, FDR’s infamy speech, D-Day, and racial discrimination during the war.

We’re always adding more content to DocsTeach, including for World War II. Let us know what additional topics you want to see!

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