On This Day: Germany's Invasion of Poland

While most people consider Germany's invasion of Poland the start of World War II, the invasion was only one of a sequence of events that led to the global conflict. Using archival footage of the invasion, as well as clips from interviews and lectures from historians, scholars consider the impact of the blitzkrieg. Additional resources link to articles and related videos. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners view individual videos of World War II scholars and present perspectives on the beginning of World War II to the rest of the class
  • Use film clips to examine perspectives of the German invasion during the time of the war
Classroom Considerations
  • Create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or the use of the login credentials - Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM to use the resource
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Videos are short and curated, making it easy to adapt them to instruction
  • Historian interviews and lectures give various perspectives on the event
Cons
  • None