FDR and Pearl Harbor
World War II
9, 10, 11, 12
Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:
- Motion picture
- Primary Resources
- Small group discussions
- Large group decision
- I want students to challenge knee jerk reactions to bold statements and rely on evidence and reason to make decisions.
District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:
- Local Standard 2B adopted from common core standards:
- Creating active and responsible citizens that identify and analyze public problems; deliberate with other people about how to define and address issues; take constructive, collaborative action; reflect on their actions; create and sustain groups; and influence institutions both large and small.
Secondary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:
Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:
Full description of activity or assignment.
- I do not like to admit it, but “Pearl Harbor”, the movie, is a great tool. My favorite student finally talked me into watching it; I realized that the personal story pulls students emotionally into the bigger story of Pearl Harbor.
- I will show the movie in class and stop it after the attack. (I have a movie report and review to go with).
- I will hand them a Pearl Harbor fact page that includes all the damages.
- I will then bring up the question: “Did FDR know?”
- I will divide the class into teams of three and then hand them documents and allow them to draw their own conclusions.
- They will bullet point their conclusion and then hand it to another team.
- Each team will critique another team’s conclusion and return it to them.
- After a short time for reflection, each team will announce to the class what they have concluded.
- After all have announced, I will lead an examination of each document with the class.
- This will end day one of the analysis.
- On the second day, I will open with a review game over the documents. The winning team will receive team points.
- Teams will reconvene to reconsider their conclusion. After about six minutes, each team will report to the rest of the class what they have finally decided.
- A short class debriefing will be the conclusion of this lesson.
Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:
- Some items from the documents will end up in my matching exercise on the next test.
- This 10-point essay will be on the test: Please answer the following question: Did FDR know about the attack at Pearl Harbor before Dec. 7th? Explain your answer by citing facts to complement your assertion.