The early years of World War II saw Japan attain significant military victories, particularly in the Pacific region. One of the most notable events was the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, which resulted in the loss of over 2,400 American lives and significant damage to the US Pacific Fleet. The attack on Pearl Harbor stunned the United States and led to America’s formal entry into the war. This lesson plan provides an opportunity for students to learn about the early successes of Japan during World War II and the events that led to America’s entry into the war.
A short film on the attack on Pearl Harbor can be shown to students to give them a better understanding of the event. The film can also highlight America’s reaction to the attack, including President Roosevelt’s response. Roosevelt delivered his famous “Day of Infamy” speech to Congress the following day, declaring war on Japan.
Japan’s move through the Pacific Islands, including the conquest of the Philippines and the fall of Singapore, was facilitated by several factors. These included jungle warfare, sea power, and tactics and strategies its war with China had perfected. Japan’s early success was also due in part to the weaknesses of the Allies, particularly in Singapore, and the fact that America was not yet ready for war.
Student activities can include creating a newspaper article based on what they have learned from the perspective of either the Japanese or Americans. This will allow students to think critically and understand the events from multiple perspectives. Additionally, students can discuss and analyse the reasons for Japan’s early success, including the factors mentioned above.
Overall, the PowerPoint offers students an educational experience about Japan’s triumphs in the early years of WW2 and the circumstances that led to America’s involvement in the conflict. By learning about these events, students can gain a deeper understanding of the war and its impact on the world.
An alternative to this PowerPoint is the “Early Japanese Successes WWII Worksheet”.
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|Description:||Student activities include a short film, critical thinkings, comprehension, and the creation of a newspaper article.|
|Ages||14 years and up.|
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