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World War II Battle Museum

Persuasive PowerPoint Presentation

 

Task                Process            Resources                    Evaluation

 

 

Task

 

A local group of World War II veterans is looking into establishing a small museum.  Because of size constraints they will be limited in the number of battles that will be displayed.  They have asked your group to research a battle and make a persuasive PowerPoint presentation that will give them an overview of the battle and discuss why it should be one of the battles included in the museum.

 

Process  

 

Every person in your group should read for understanding.    Complete the battle background sheet as a group and double check all answers.  Once you have completed the 80-90% of the research someone should start preparing a PowerPoint presentation that starts, ends and is persuasive throughout as it discusses the different aspects of your battle.  Be careful of information overload.  Your classmates can only retain so many facts.  Emphasize interesting information.  Include maps and  pictures while keeping slide text to a minimum.  Do NOT read your slides word for word.  We can read.  Instead  use note cards to bring the pictures and key text to life.  

 

Resources  return to top

 

Information overload!  The books I have from the Rockford Public Library branches and our new books obtained through grant money have every thing you need.  Do not "Google" your battle.  Everything you need is here. The links are here to save you time.   If by chance you do find a “gem” that contains specific information needed to complete your quest on a different site please share it so it can be added to the list.  Ask to view the United Streaming video clips for your battle.

 

Atlantic     Battle of Britain    Pearl Harbor     Coral Sea    Midway    El Alamein 

Guadalcanal     Stalingrad     D-Day     Iwo Jima      Okinawa

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWbattles.htm

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WW.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/famous_battles_of_world_war_two.htm 

http://www.worldwar-2.net/index.htm  (day by day timelines)

Pacific battles

    http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii.html

    http://www.combinedfleet.com/battles/

Japanese Navy

http://www.combinedfleet.com/kaigun.htm 

 

Battle of the Atlantic  return to top

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/atlantic.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/battle_atlantic_01.shtml

http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/atlantic/

http://www.naval-history.net/WW2CampaignsAtlanticDev.htm

http://www.usmm.org/battleatlantic.html (lots of numbers)

http://www.johndclare.net/wwii8.htm

 

Battle of Britain return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWbritainB.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_britain.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/battle_of_britain_01.shtml

http://www.battleofbritain1940.net/contents-index.html

http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/thebattleofbritain.cfm (see links in left margins for more)

http://www.raf.mod.uk/history/backgroundtothebattleofbritain.cfm  (see links in left margins for more)

http://www.johndclare.net/wwii6.htm 

   

Pearl Harbor return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWpearl.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/pearl_harbor_1941.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/pearl_harbour_01.shtml

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/interactive/pearl-harbor/?ar_a=1

http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/18arizona/18arizona.htm

http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/pearlharbor/

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/assets/pdfs/pearl-harbor-fact-sheet-1.pdf

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/I/USMC-I-II-2.html (See Part II, "Japan Strikes")

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii/pearl-harbor-raid.html

http://combinedfleet.com/battles/Attack_on_Pearl_Harbor

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/pearl-harbor

 

 

Coral Sea return to top

http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/coral_sea/doc.htm

http://www.microworks.net/PACIFIC/battles/coral_sea.htm

http://www.gunplot.net/coralsea/coralsea.html

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/coralsea/coralsea.htm

http://www.combinedfleet.com/btl_cs.htm

http://www.worldwariihistory.info/Medal-of-Honor/Coral-Sea.html

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1734.html

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii/battle-of-the-coral-sea.html

 

Midway return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWmidway.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_midway.htm

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/I/index.html#  (see Part V)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/battle_midway_01.shtml

http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/90midway/90midway.htm

http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/articles/midway.aspx

http://www.combinedfleet.com/btl_mid.htm

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii/midway.html

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-midway

 

 

El Alamein return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWelalamein.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_el_alamein.htm

http://www.topedge.com/panels/ww2/na/alamein.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/battle_el_alamein_01.shtml

http://homepages.maxnet.co.nz/bphprint/alamein.html

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-el-alamein

 

   

Guadalcanal return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWguadalcanal.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_guadalcanal.htm

http://www.combinedfleet.com/guadal.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-guadalcanal

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/I/index.html# (see Part VI)

http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/72-8/72-8.htm

http://www.friesian.com/history/guadal.htm

 

Stalingrad return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/RUSstalingrad.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_stalingrad.htm

http://www.cftech.com/BrainBank/TRIVIABITS/Stalingrad.html

http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/stalingrad/default.aspx

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/defeat/catastrophe-stalingrad.htm

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/562720/Battle-of-Stalingrad

http://www.2worldwar2.com/stalingrad.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-stalingrad

  

D-Day return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWdday.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/d-day_index.htm

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/418382/Normandy-Invasion

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/dday_beachhead_01.shtml

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-students/ww2-history/d-day-june-6-1944.html

http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/dday/default.aspx

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dday/

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/wars-and-events/world-war-ii/d-day.html

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/d-day

 

 

Iwo Jima  return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWjima.htm  

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_iwo_jima.htm

http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-iwo-jima.htm

http://www.iwojima.com/

http://www.defense.gov/home/features/iwo_jima/iwo.html

http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_iwojima.html

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-iwo-jima

 

Okinawa  return to top

http://spartacus-educational.com/2WWokinawa.htm

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_okinawa.htm  

http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/okinawa/default.aspx

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/okinawa-battle.htm
http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-okinawa-operation-iceberg.htm
http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/okinawa/

http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-okinawa

http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/okinawa/  (online book, 474 pages!)

 

Evaluation return to top

   

Daily score during research phase.   You can receive a different score than others in your group.

 

 

3

2

1

Daily Work

The group functioned exceptionally well. All members listened to, shared with and supported the efforts of others. The group was always on task! The group functioned pretty well. Most members listened to, shared with and supported the efforts of others. The group was almost always on task. The group functioned fairly well but was dominated by one or two members due to lack of effort by certain members and or needed redirection more than once.

 

Battle background worksheet: 15 points each.  I will “pick” one of your team’s to correct.  All team members will receive the same score that worksheet receives

 

Presentation:  12 points each.   See the rubric below.  You can receive a different score than your teammates on this.

CATEGORY

3

2

1

Point of View - Purpose

Establishes a purpose at the beginning and maintains that focus throughout! Cohesive.

Establishes a purpose at the beginning, but occasionally wanders from that focus.

The purpose is somewhat clear but many aspects seem only slightly related.

Research

Group researched the subject and integrated all information into their presentation.

Group researched the subject and integrated 85% of the information into their presentation.

Group researched the subject and integrated 70% or less of the information into their presentation.

Accuracy of Facts

All supportive facts are reported accurately.

There is more than one mistake in the facts.

There is more than three mistakes in the facts.

Speaks clearly, Posture and Eye Contact, Enthusiasm

Does not read word for word.  Maintains eye contact throughout.  Speaks clearly and distinctly all of the time and mispronounces no more than one word.  Stands up straight and looks confident and relaxed.  Facial expression and body language show a strong interest and enthusiasm

Avoids reading word for word.  Makes eye contact.  Speaks clearly and distinctly most of the time and mispronounces no more than three words.  Stands up straight.  Good facial expression and body language show interest and enthusiasm.

Reads slides and makes little eye contact. Hard to hear or understand and/or mispronounces more than three words. Appears too casual . Facial expression and body language show some interest and enthusiasm.

 

 

Evaluation:  10-15 points each.  Includes your battle and what you learned from other presentations:  

 

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