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World War 2 Curriculum Unit

This item is a comprehensive CURRICULAR UNIT (GOOGLE version included!) about World War II that integrates reading and literacy. There are 7 complete lessons included in this bundle PLUS supplemental activities. This unit includes 5-8 weeks of materials, depending on if you choose to assign some of the activities as homework.

THIS UNIT CAN BE USED AS A STAND ALONE CURRICULUM. This can be used as homeschool curriculum, too.

The 7 lessons included in this unit bundle are:
Causes of WWII
Major European Battles of WWII
Major Pacific Battles of WWII
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party
The Holocaust
The Manhattan Project
Aftermath of WWII

Limited on copies or paper? Every component of this lesson is ready-to-go on GOOGLE slides, so you can easily assign to your students! The quizzes and unit test are also available on GOOGLE Forms, and I include explicit directions on how to assign and tweak (if desired) for your students. The quizzes and unit test are also self-grading!


This unit includes:
• 7 PowerPoint presentations that can be used to facilitate discussion or have students take notes

• 7 slotted notes pages so students can focus on recording the important information from the PowerPoint presentations (which includes carefully curated videos & links that will enrich the lessons) Editable slotted notes included!

• 7 informational reading passages about WWII

• 28 activities (4 per lesson) (key terms, dates & events, significant items, significant people, political cartoon, geographical connection, and a literacy connection) Three of the four activities PER lesson have two levels: a basic recall and an application of knowledge.

• 7 quizzes

• GOOGLE slides of all components

• 7 GOOGLE Form self-grading quizzes and unit test

• 7 graphic organizers

14 interactive notebook foldables

7 primary source analysis

80 vocabulary cards

6 stations

simulation (Code Talkers)

• study guide

• editable unit test with answer key

• teacher's guide with suggested pacing map

•answer keys

•audio of each reading passage, quiz, and unit test COMING SOON


Specific reading skills in this unit are: series of events, cause-effect relationships, central idea, key details, summarization, cite text evidence, integrate multiple sources of information, author's purpose & text structure, & meaning of words/phrases using context clues.

You will be easily integrating reading with your social studies content because the 7 graphic organizers focus on one specific reading skill per organizer, AND students will be analyzing primary documents. I have also included a RAFT task that culminates the simulation. RAFT stands for role, audience, format, and task. It helps give students an authentic writing scenario.


Your Instructor


Heather LeBlanc
Heather LeBlanc

Teaching Experience- 17 years

Education- Oglethorpe University BA Education; Walden University MEd Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment; ABD Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment; Gifted Endorsement; On-Line Teaching Endorsement; Administrative Leadership Certificate

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