Grade 9 Unit 4 World War II

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Global Studies                                              

Grade:  9

Unit: World War II                                                    

Pacing:  Four Weeks

Essential Questions:

  1. In what ways do nations deal with and resolve conflict on the world stage?
  2. How did certain individuals rise to power and what was their impact on the war?
  3. What are ways in which nations can compensate for a scarcity of resources?

 Big Ideas:

  1. There are various ways nations work with or against each other to achieve their goals.
  2. Powerful individuals have a significant impact on history.
  3. Lack of resources can drive nations into conflict.

 CT State Standards


1.3-4:  Explain examples of conflict and cooperation in world affairs.

1.3-11:  Evaluate the role and impact of the individual on historical events.

1.10-2: Analyze how the abundance or scarcity of resources affects the nation and the individual.


1.3-3:  Explain the causes and impact of imperialism.

1.3-6:  Compare and contrast economic systems across historical time periods.

1.3-8:  Analyze the impact of technological and scientific changes on civilizations.

1.3-9:  Analyze the impact of nationalism on the world.

1.3-10:  Analyze the causes and results of political/social revolution.

1.3-12:  Evaluate the impact of major belief systems on societies and nations.

1.4-2:  Use maps, charts and graphs to analyze how geographic location and resources

            influenced historical imperialism.

1.6-3:  Analyze patterns of migration both within and among nations.

1.6-4:  Analyze man-made factors that cause human movement.

1.7-1:  Compare and contrast how different national governments throughout the world

            attempt to meet the needs of their citizens.

1.7-2:  Analyze the relationship between the government and international organizations.

1.9-1:  Give examples of how individuals or groups have worked to expand or limit

            citizens’ rights in the United States and other nations of the world.

1.10-1:  Describe how a nation’s availability of resources has changed over time.

1.13-2:  Analyze examples of the impact of cultural diversity in different nations.

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


-Conflict and Cooperation in World Affairs


   *Axis and Allies

   *International Conferences

   *Course of the war

   *United Nations


-Impact of the individual






      *important generals


-Scarcity of resources

      *Germany- “living space” 

                            Treaty of Versaille impact

         *Japan- oil, iron/space




































Common Formative Pre- Assessment:


“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):


-In class individual and small group work


-Q and A

-Closure Activities

Common Formative Post- Assessment:


Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:


Primary/Secondary Sources

Map Activity

Graphic Organizer


Power Point/Smartboard


Student Created Posters

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Timeline Activity- The Path to World War II, Reading Strategy- “Recognizing Sequence”, Viewpoints- “Can Hitler Be Trusted?”, Link to Literature- “Night”, Biography- Harry Truman, Map Activity- Europe and North Africa, Map Activity- World War II in the Pacific 

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

Appeasement, Pacifism, Neutrality Acts, Axis powers, Francisco Franco, Anschluss, Sudetenland, Nazi-Soviet Pact, Blitzkrieg, Luftwaffe, Dunkirk, Vichy, General Erwin Rommel, Concentration camps, Holocaust, Lend-Lease Act, Rosie the Riveter, Aircraft carrier, Dwight Eisenhower, Stalingrad, D-Day, Yalta Conference, V-E Day, Bataan Death March, Douglas MacArtur, Island-hopping, Kamikaze, Manhattan Project, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Nuremberg, United Nations (UN), Cold War, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Warsaw Pact

-Primary Source Activity= “Hiroshima” by John Hersey

-Primary Source Actvitiy= “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank

-Investigate any important figure from the World War II era, write a report on this person, highlighting their importance and impact on the war.

-“Band of Brothers” Diary Project

-Literature: “Night” by Elie Wiesel

-Math:  Analyzing Information- Using charts to research casualty figures of World War II

-Science:  Research ways Nazis carried out the “Final Solution”