WWII: Asia 1939-45 – Burma

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Because World War II encompassed most of the globe in one way or another, many pivotal battles and events are not as visible in the history books, leaving veterans of these conflicts feeling overlooked by more famous skirmishes. High school learners take a second look at the Burma campaign and its integral contribution to the war effort of the Far East with a primary source analysis lesson. After reading contemporaneous documents and accounts from those involved in the campaign, pupils create a PowerPoint presentation that argues why remembering Burma is important in a study of World War II.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create stations in the classroom that correspond to the lesson's scaffolded procedure steps
  • Have learners work on the inquiry at home for a flipped classroom activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to the Internet and the latest version of Flash®
  • The first of two lessons on Asia during World War II
Pros

  • Presentation template eliminates affective filters for students who are reluctant to use slideshow software
  • Poses an inquiry that is not often addressed in standard World War II curriculum
Cons

  • None