WWII: Western Europe 1939-45 – Battle of Britain

Had Britain not emerged as the victors of the 1940 Battle of Britain, World War II would have ended much differently—and the world as we know it would be catastrophically altered. Learn more about this pivotal moment that kept the Nazis at bay with a document-based activity, during which high schoolers storyboard a documentary about the battle and its heroes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Offer extra credit to individuals or groups who wish to turn their storyboards into filmed documentaries
  • Have learners work on the assignment at home before returning to class for discussion and analysis
Classroom Considerations

  • The fourth part of an eight-lesson series on World War II in Western Europe
  • Requires access to the Internet and Flash®
  • The lesson was developed by the National Archives of the United Kingdom, but is applicable to any country's study of World War II
Pros

  • Highlights some of the lesser-known contributors to the Allied victory in World War II
  • Includes all necessary worksheets and primary source documents
Cons

  • None