WWII: Western Europe 1939-45 – Hamburg

Was bombing German cities an effective means to an end, or was it a war crime? Could it be both? Young historians ponder these questions with an activity that prompts them to use primary sources to summarize the debate surrounding RAF bombings in the latter part of World War II.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use during an argument writing unit in language arts and a World War II unit in social studies
  • Have groups investigate the sources with a class set of Internet-equipped tablets
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires Flash® and access to the Internet
  • The seventh part of a larger series on World War II in Western Europe
  • Challenges high schoolers to use critical thinking skills
  • Ideal for GATE students, AP classes, or mainstream learners
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