“The Economic Effects on the US during WWII” lesson plan is designed to provide high school students with a comprehensive understanding of the impact of World War II on the US economy. The lesson is structured around seven key topics, including the mobilisation of economic and human resources to defeat the Axis powers, the growth of big business and the link between US industry and the military, the social and economic changes that occurred as women and minorities entered the workforce in greater numbers, the increase in the power of the Presidency and the federal government, and the sacrifices made by those on the fighting fronts and those at home.
In addition, the PowerPoint includes activities that encourage students to engage with primary source documents from the time period, including an OPCVL activity. The OPCVL activity challenges students to analyse primary sources related to each of the key topics covered in the lesson plan.
The lesson also incorporates a short film for each topic, which provides students with a visual representation of the economic effects of World War II on the US. The short films help to deepen student understanding and provide context for the primary sources analysed during the OPCVL activities.
Overall, this lesson is designed to be engaging and informative, allowing students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact of World War II on the US. The activities included in the PowerPoint encourage critical thinking and analysis, helping students to engage with the material and develop crucial historical thinking skills while saving on preparation time.
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