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Unit 5: Crisis and Change

Lesson G: Theaters and Consequences of World War II

Activity 5: Total War - Civilian Impact

World War II had significant affects on civilians in both the areas of conflict and in their every day life. Use your Student Resource: World War II Timeline Graphic Organizer from the previous lesson to take notes on important dates and national involvement in the years of World War II from 1943 until the end of the war.

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Presentation Activity - Civilian Impact

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Before you view the presentation:

Download Icon Use your resource from the previous lesson or download a new version of the Student Resource: World War II Timeline Graphic Organizer (doc).

When you are ready, select the play button to learn about Civilian Impact.

Mini Presentation

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Directions: Study the image and respond to the question that follows.

War Poster that Reads Attack on All Fronts

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Written Activity - Notebook

In your notebook, respond to the following question:

  • How does this particular image embody the concept of total war?

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Classroom Activity - Technology and Total War

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Directions: Categorize and draw inferences from the images and statistics in the presentation to prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • What is the significance of funding and harnessing technology innovations in this total, global war?
  • Compare the impact of World War II on civilians in countries such as the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union.

Download Icon Select the link to review the Discussion Scoring Tool (pdf).


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Page Notes:

[1] Source: This image from http://www.civilization.ca/cwm/exhibitions/propaganda/images/artworks/19730004-030ref.jpg is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1987-72-105 The Hubert Rogers Collection, Gift of Mrs. Helen Priest Rogers Copyright: Expired.