Iwo Jima: The View from the Front Lines

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Iwo Jima was the site of some of the most grim fighting in World War II. Learners consider this fact while examining primary sources, including letters home, from those on the front lines. After they complete the analysis, scholars then ponder the lessons historians learn from primary sources.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the primary source analysis activity to fuel a discussion of the reliability of primary sources
Classroom Considerations

  • One part of a larger series called War in the Pacific
  • Primary sources contain racist language against the Japanese and may not be suitable for all viewers

  • Images of the primary sources and transcripts when appropriate make the resource easy to use
  • Primary source analysis worksheet helps scaffold the activity
  • Extension activities allow for differentiated instruction

  • Activity does not include any voices from Japanese soldiers