• Military Conflicts Projects

    Atomic Bomb

    The Question:


    "Was the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan in World War Two justified?"

    This question has been debated by numerous historians since those fateful days in 1945. Today you will be answering that question for yourself.



    Students: Explore the sections listed at the following Web Site:


    http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/kennethfreeman/502/atomicwebquest/start.html    in order to complete this webquest.


    • Introduction: Overview of the webquest

    • Task: The clear target or goal

    • Process: Steps to follow to complete the task

    • Evaluation: How your work will be assessed

    • Conclusion: Final thoughts


    Your augmentative paper must be submitted to turnitin.com  and a hard copy handed in on the due date



    Due: 8 May 2018

    Final Project:



    The following assignment is based on the WebQuest located at the following Link:
    Click Here



    What I Did During the War:

    Grandma’s or Grandpa’s WW II Scrapbook

    The scene: You are now approaching your eighties.  You've lived through the very period your favorite grandchild is now studying in history.  At a family dinner, you begin chatting about World War II.  It's clear that the events and mood of the period are very remote to your grandchild. 

    To give him or her a richer picture of life back then, you go down to the basement (or up to the attic) and pull out and dust off the wartime scrapbook, in which so many of your critical memories are stored.  What's in the book? Who were you back then?  What facts and feelings would be most important for you to share to enable your grandchild to better understand life during this period?  

    The Task: Your assignment is to create an authentic looking scrapbook to share with your “grandchild”

    As you develop your scrapbook, consider the essential question, "How has the individual impacted history?"  You may look at your own character or the important people of the day and place.

    You may choose any of the following persona or invent one of your own:

    Choose a theater of war, a branch of the military, and a particular period of two years.  You may be a male or female soldier, nurse, prisoner of war (POW), officer, aide to or under the command of a general, in a specific concentration camp liberator, etc.  You may be with either the Allied or Axis forces.

    • The Pacific (You should include such events as Pearl Harbor, Battle of Midway, island hopping and reclaiming islands by the US, Japanese imperialism in China, etc., Hiroshima and Nagasaki,  post-war occupation of Japan, Guadalcanal, Battle of Coral Sea)
    • Western Europe (You should include such events as the siege of Stalingrad, Battle of the Bulge, German invasion of the Soviet Union, German blitzkrieg of Poland, German occupation of France, annexing of the Sudetenland, Battle of Britain, Dunkirk, D-Day, post-war occupation of Germany, Yalta Conference, British appeasement policy under Chamberlain, life as an SS Officer, life as an ordinary citizen in any European country)
    • North Africa (You should include events relating to both the US and British campaigns.)
    • Italy (You should include events relating to both the US and British campaigns, from Sicily north. Italian campaign in Ethiopia.)
    • Prisoner of War in any theater, Bataan Death March
    • United States (working on a base or in a POW Camp)
    • A WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service)
    • A WAAC (WAC) (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps)
    • A WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilot)
    • A kamikaze pilot
    • A Jew in Europe. Pick a place and a period of time between 1939 and 1945 (Lodz Ghetto, Warsaw, Austria, the Netherlands)
    • A Jew aboard the St. Louis
    • Concentration camp guard (Auschwitz, Dachau, Birkenau, Treblinka, Bergen-Belsen)
    • Aiding the Resistance in France, England, Russia, Poland
    • A spy in Europe
    • Aboard a German U-Boat in the Atlantic
    • A member of Hitler Youth
    • A "righteous gentile" (Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, etc.)
    • An aide to a government official  (Churchill, Mussolini, Hirohito, Hitler, Stalin, de Gaulle, etc.)
    • An aide to a high-ranking officer (Albert Speer, Goering, Rommel, Montgomery, Yamamoto, Zhukov, etc.)
    • An air raid shelter warden in Britain
    • An English child evacuated from London to the country 
    • A soldier's sweetheart following him in a specific theater of war through his letters and the news media
    • A Japanese-American about to be "relocated"
    • A German prisoner of war (POW) in the United States
    • Navajo code reader
    • A Rosie-the-Riveter type girl
    • A scientist (or other worker) at Los Alamos
    • A teen whose older brother has been drafted
    • Air raid warden
    • USO entertainer or volunteer

    The Process

    Make sure your scrapbook appears authentic (of the period!) and includes the following:

    • A description or timeline of the major events of the two years you are following Timeline should include at least ten (10) events and be personalized.
    • At least ten (10)  authentic and relevant historic photographs –
    • At least two (2) documents relevant to your experience during the period (speech, legislation, poster, etc.)
    • At least five (5)  artifacts with explanations.  These might include: images of your weapon(s), drawings, political cartoons, an invitation, medals, images, mock ups of draft notices, representations of clothing, badges, posters, currency, your ship, your tank, your factory, your buddies, etc. 
    • At least Three (3)  actual news clippings. (Reproduced)
    • At least three (3) personal letters you create based on historical fact
    • Every item in your scrapbook should be dated and annotated with at least a paragraph explaining its importance.
    • Your Works Consulted and/or Works Cited pages should appear in the back of your scrapbook.

    Checkpoint 1: Make sure you complete the proposal form by the Thursday 5 June 2008

    Though your stories should be historically accurate, feel free to embellish and to be creative!

    Your Scrapbook is due on

    * Please Note: Scrapbooks will be penalized 10 points per day