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State Standards Covered in this Theme
Requirements of the Propaganda Project
Class Grades for
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Important Dates for the War Theme:
Propaganda Projects due Tuesday, November 14th
War Theme Test on Thursday, November 16th (review games will be posted the
night before the test)
This theme will evaluate war and its impact
on humanity. We will focus on:
- why war happens
- how war impacts the lives of
both combatants and non-combatants
- the ways that war has
benefited and harmed the United States as a nation
- the impact of war on society
(politically, economically, socially, etc.)
This study will cover many of
the major wars in United States history, including: (the name of
each war is linked to a quality website on that particular war)
State Standards covered in this
- Examine the effects of the
Civil War and Reconstruction and of the industrial revolution,
including demographic shifts and the emergence in the late nineteenth
century of the United States as a world power.
- Describe the
Spanish-American War and U.S. expansion in the South Pacific.
- Examine the origins of
American involvement in the war, with an emphasis on the events that
precipitated the attack on Pearl Harbor.
- Explain U.S. and Allied
wartime strategy, including the major battles of Midway, Normandy, Iwo
Jima, Okinawa, and the Battle of the Bulge.
- Identify the roles and
sacrifices of individual American soldiers, as well as the unique
contributions of the special fighting forces (e.g., the Tuskegee
Airmen, the 442nd Regimental Combat team, the Navajo Code Talkers).
- Analyze Roosevelt’s foreign
policy during World War II (e.g., Four Freedoms speech).
- Discuss the constitutional
issues and impact of events on the U.S. home front, including the
internment of Japanese Americans (e.g., Fred Korematsu v. United States
ofAmerica) and the restrictions on German and Italian resident aliens;
the response of the administration to Hitler’s atrocities against Jews
and other groups; the roles of women in military production; and the
roles and growing political demands of African Americans.
- Describe major developments
in aviation, weaponry, communication, and medicine and the war’s impact
on the location of American industry and use of resources.
- Discuss the decision to drop
atomic bombs and the consequences of the decision (Hiroshima and
- Analyze the effect of
massive aid given to Western Europe under the Marshall Plan to rebuild
itself after the war and the importance of a rebuilt Europe to the U.S.
- Understand the role of
military alliances, including NATO and SEATO, in deterring communist
aggression and maintaining security during the Cold War.
- Trace the origins and
geopolitical consequences (foreign and domestic) of the Cold War and
containment policy, including the following:
• The era of McCarthyism, instances of domestic Communism (e.g., Alger
Hiss) and blacklisting
• The Truman Doctrine
• The Berlin Blockade
• The Korean War
• The Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis
• Atomic testing in the American West, the “mutual assured destruction”
doctrine, and disarmament policies
• The Vietnam War
• Latin American policy
- List the effects of foreign
policy on domestic policies and vice versa (e.g., protests during the
war in Vietnam, the “nuclear freeze” movement).
- Analyze the role of the
Reagan administration and other factors in the victory of the West in
the Cold War.
- Describe U.S. Middle East
policy and its strategic, political, and economic interests, including
those related to the Gulf War.
Requirements of the War Propaganda Project
- Each group will be assigned one war,
you will be creating a propaganda campaign for that war
- Your project will be made up of:
- A PPT that lays out their research,
shows posters, explains posters and other pieces
- 3 posters – each for different
audience - create these on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper and then scan them
into your PPT
- radio ad (30 seconds)
- newsreel video (patterned after
United News Reels from WWII)
- We will be collecting all of your
research - keep your notes, etc. organized throughout
- Each piece of the project (posters,
ad & video) should address one particular aspect you wish to focus on
(recruitment, morale, evil enemy, etc.)
- Remember that you can edit your video
in D-1, but you should have your footage ready by 11/9