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The Simon Wiesenthal Center

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The foremost organization for the study and memorialization of the holocaust provides a variety of resources for those researching this topic. ...more
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The foremost organization for the study and memorialization of the holocaust provides a variety of resources for those researching this topic.

tag(s): holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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If looking for more materials and information about the Holocaust or anti-semitism in general, check out the library and archives section of this website for primary sources, a searchable catalog of materials, and even a "ask a survivor" portion of the site dedicated to providing students with a better understanding of the Holocaust. US & World history teachers will like this one - particularly the "ask a survivor" portion of this site. If your class was doing an in-depth study, it would be a great way to introduce or finish the unit!

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Remembering Nagasaki - The Exploratorium

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This site presents and elegant, powerful photoessay showing the devastation caused by the bombing of Nagasaki. The photos were taken only a day or two after the event, and are ...more
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This site presents and elegant, powerful photoessay showing the devastation caused by the bombing of Nagasaki. The photos were taken only a day or two after the event, and are offered with only enough commentary to give them context. Local sensibilities vary, so please preview this one before using.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), world war 2 (142)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the topic of the atomic bomb and its use at the end WWII. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Private Art - A collection of letters to and from home

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This is a collection of letters exchanged between one soldier and his family. The material is indexed chronologically and is easy to retrieve and use, though the site is probably ...more
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This is a collection of letters exchanged between one soldier and his family. The material is indexed chronologically and is easy to retrieve and use, though the site is probably more technically complex than necessary. Nice use of graphics and illustrations.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Pearl Harbor - Battleship Row

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This on-line collections aerial photos of Pear Harbor will interest younger students, and older users will want to read the first-hand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack from survivors....more
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This on-line collections aerial photos of Pear Harbor will interest younger students, and older users will want to read the first-hand accounts of the Pearl Harbor attack from survivors. There are also links to related content about Japanese and American forces during the conflict.

tag(s): pearl harbor (12), world war 2 (142)

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Use the images on this site to create a visual discovery activity in your classroom, introducing the events of Pearl Harbor to students. Select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor - National Geographic

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The National Geographic's visually attractive presentation on the Pearl Harbor attack includes several resources that could easily be adapted for instructional purposes, and the interest...more
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The National Geographic's visually attractive presentation on the Pearl Harbor attack includes several resources that could easily be adapted for instructional purposes, and the interest in first-person accounts and recollections could be adapted for many different subjects. This site could also be a nice resource for student research and reports.

tag(s): pearl harbor (12), world war 2 (142)

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Use the "attack map" on this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the attack on Pearl Harbor. Students can view the map in cooperative learning groups or individually, although because there is a lot of information - we recommend creating a follow-along to highlight for students what's most important. For help creating graphic organizers, we recommend trying Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Oral Histories of World War II

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This is a collection of oral histories from people involved in the war. Most of the material has been transcribed, but there are a few bits that can be heard ...more
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This is a collection of oral histories from people involved in the war. Most of the material has been transcribed, but there are a few bits that can be heard as RealAudio clips. Many of the segments could use some additional context, but they effectively capture the scope and intensity of the experience.

tag(s): primary sources (86), veterans (19), world war 2 (142)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of WWI. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to have students hear some of the interviews from veterans of the Great War. Play the interviews following a lecture, and have students write down their responses at the end. This will insure students are listening and provide direction for a classroom discussion afterward.

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Omaha Beachhead - US Army

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This is the Army's official history of the Omaha beach invasion effort and subsequent progress inland. The site is entirely text, written as adult-level military history. There's plenty...more
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This is the Army's official history of the Omaha beach invasion effort and subsequent progress inland. The site is entirely text, written as adult-level military history. There's plenty of material here - and in other corners of this vast site - for the patient reader.

tag(s): d day (8), world war 2 (142)

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Use the maps and images offered at the bottom of the site to aid presentations and lectures about D-day. The images are in black and white, but are still useful for discussing troop movements and the geography of the land and the battle scenery.

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Japanese American Relocation

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This digital archive from the University of California offers narrative and images describing the forced internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. It offers a...more
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This digital archive from the University of California offers narrative and images describing the forced internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. It offers a troubling comparison to events that took place in other nations during the war. Interesting possibilities for discussions on discrimination, national security, etc.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (42), world war 2 (142)

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If looking for primary sources about Japanese relocation, this site is a treasure trove of images, letters, diary entries, orders, etc. This site provides material from both the camp and the Japanese forced to relocate there, making the perfect source for a lesson examining all sides of the issue. There are also essential question hosted on this site that could lend themselves to discussions or journal prompts to introduce the topic.

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The U.S. Holocaust Museum - US Government

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The site for the U.S. Holocaust Museum contains a collection of resources and on-line exhibits which document the history of the Holocaust, the people who perished, and those who worked...more
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The site for the U.S. Holocaust Museum contains a collection of resources and on-line exhibits which document the history of the Holocaust, the people who perished, and those who worked to save them. Note that many of the images may be disturbing to some students.

tag(s): holocaust (39), world war 2 (142)

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Within the teachers portion of this site is a wide array of information including how and why to teach the Holocaust, specific lesson plans and activities, and even online Teacher workshops. Take advantage of the resources on this site, very useful for a World or American History classroom.

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The Home Front - BBC

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Visitors to this BBC site on World War II can find lots of information about the Battle of Britain and the extreme reality of living on the Home front for ...more
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Visitors to this BBC site on World War II can find lots of information about the Battle of Britain and the extreme reality of living on the Home front for British citizens.

tag(s): britain (35), world war 2 (142)

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Use the movies and audio files on this site to supplement a unit on WWII and how it impacted the British home front. Teachers can play these over the projector or have students look at them on classroom computers during learning centers or stations.

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Hiroshima - A personal Memory

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This is a first-person account from a survivor of the bombing who is telling her story many years later. This site isn't extensive, but the message is direct and has ...more
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This is a first-person account from a survivor of the bombing who is telling her story many years later. This site isn't extensive, but the message is direct and has lost no intensity over the years.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), world war 2 (142)

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This incredibly moving account of the Hiroshima bombing would be a great addition to a unit on WWII, providing a very rarely examined perspective - that of the innocent Japanese civilian. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to read it on classroom computers. There is a lot of emotional content in this reading, so allow students a venue to reflect and respond to the readings. Students can respond via written essay, illustration (try Art Pad Digital Canvas, (reviewed here)), blog post, or even a graphic using Tabblo reviewed here.

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The Enola Gay - Smithsonian Institution

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This is the web site for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Enola Gay exhibit. It includes information on the mission to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, as well ...more
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This is the web site for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Enola Gay exhibit. It includes information on the mission to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, as well as a discussion of the preservation of the aircraft.

tag(s): atomic bomb (11), world war 2 (142)

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Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector during a lesson on the Enola Gay and the bombing of Japan. Show students the images on the site. Have students come up to the interactive whiteboard and use the interactive panorama to explore what it must have been like to fly the plane. A cool addition for a US history class!

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Return to Midway - National Geographic

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The National Geographic Society uses Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck of the battleship Yorktown as the centerpiece for this beautiful, extensive site on the Pacific war and...more
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The National Geographic Society uses Robert Ballard's discovery of the wreck of the battleship Yorktown as the centerpiece for this beautiful, extensive site on the Pacific war and the battle of Midway. Lots of Java-enhanced maps and descriptions, along with time-lines and historical narrative.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Use the "dive down" option on this site as a learning center or station during a unit on WWII, specifically focusing on the Pacific Front. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here. The text portions are challenging, so you should pair weaker readers with a partner as they research on this site.

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The War in the Pacific - History Place

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Chronology & photos from The History Place. ...more
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Chronology & photos from The History Place.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (on the website), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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The U-Boat War - 1939-45

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A site devoted entirely to the history of German submarine warfare during World War II. The materials include descriptions of each boat, captains and crews, mission histories, and strategic...more
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A site devoted entirely to the history of German submarine warfare during World War II. The materials include descriptions of each boat, captains and crews, mission histories, and strategic objectives. Lots of depth!

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

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Ignore the advertising; the site content is worth it. Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers, and refer students to it for research papers and projects on U-boats. A lot of information here that could help students. Teachers, be sure to check out their list of reviewed movies if looking for a clip to show students.

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Diplomatic and Political Documents of World War II

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This is a collection of primary documents from the World War II era stretching from Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" declaration to the Japanese and German surrender documents....more
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This is a collection of primary documents from the World War II era stretching from Neville Chamberlain's "peace in our time" declaration to the Japanese and German surrender documents. It's a great resource for studying history based on documentary evidence.

tag(s): world war 2 (142)

In the Classroom

There are virtually tons of resources in this site about WWII. Use this site as a base point for students working on research projects based on some aspect of the war. Students can use it to garner ideas about a topic or find more information about a topic they already have. Be sure to post this on the teacher web page to allow students to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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The Battle of Britain - Royal Air Force

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The Royal Air Force developed this site to comemmorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, in which the British successfully avoided invasion by the German Reich. The site...more
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The Royal Air Force developed this site to comemmorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, in which the British successfully avoided invasion by the German Reich. The site explains how the battle evolved and highlights the role of the Air Force in the fight.

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Use this site as a point of reference for students working on research projects or papers, or for a quick refresher before teaching a unit on the Battle of Britain. The site is text heavy, so make sure your readers are able to handle it before assigning it.

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1936 Olympics - Smithsonian Holocaust Museum

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This site, based on an exhibit from the American Holocaust Museum, uses the 1936 games as a starting point for a visual synopsis of the evolution of the Nazi regime, ...more
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This site, based on an exhibit from the American Holocaust Museum, uses the 1936 games as a starting point for a visual synopsis of the evolution of the Nazi regime, with a particular focus on its racial and ethnic policies. The result is a succinct, though stark, introduction that should be useful for many students. The site features an online exhibition with video clips, pictures, and articles of interest.

tag(s): german (64), germany (28), olympics (47), world war 2 (142)

In the Classroom

Use this site to spark a discussion and study of the role of the Olympics in politics and foreign policy (especially during an Olympic year as an extension of your study of current events). You may want to share some of the video clips on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Why not have a class debate about the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
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The New Deal Network

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Information and images about Roosevelt and the New Deal. ...more
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Information and images about Roosevelt and the New Deal.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this webpage! US history teachers will appreciate the fresh take on the New Deal! Be sure to save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on!

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Documenting America - Library of Congress

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This site is based on the Library of Congress collection of thousands of photos taken in the 1930s and early 1940s. They document everyday life during the depression and the ...more
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This site is based on the Library of Congress collection of thousands of photos taken in the 1930s and early 1940s. They document everyday life during the depression and the years leading up to World War II. Geographic and chronological indexes make this collection an interesting research tool and photo source.

tag(s): great depression (24), primary sources (86)

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So many of these pictures can be used in your classroom whether it be as for an activity, such as a picture walk or a visual discovery; or as an introduction or supplement to text materials to studying events such as the Great Depression.

For use as a visual discovery, select 3-5 images from this site, choosing the most powerful and moving images. Placing the images on individual slides, allow students 1-2 minutes to observe each image. During that time period, students should be taking notes based on what they observe, predict and infer about each image. The more powerful and detailed the image is, the more information students can take out. After the class has observed all the chosen images, have a class discussion based on the notes students took. This is a great way to introduce content in a way that gets students thinking, as well as avoiding the typical lecture format.

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