World War II: Vocabulary


US History (11th) The United States and World War II World War II: Vocabulary
Students engage with key vocabulary related to World War II.

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Key Vocabulary


Overview

This experience engages students with key vocabulary related to the United States and World War II. The experience can be used as an introduction or a review at the end of the unit.


Which of the following words are you familiar with?

1) atomic bomb
2) conventional weapons
3) concentration camp
4) Holocaust
5) trade sanctions
6) dictatorship
7) encoding
8) home front
9) liberation
10) blockade
11) scarce goods
12) victory garden
13) war bonds
14) labor shortage
15) food supply
16) patriotism
17) enlistment
18) volunteerism
19) surrender
20) aggression
21) invasion
22) national security
23) oppressed peoples
24) military personnel
25) international treaty

Choose one of the words in the list, and search the Internet to find an image that illustrates the word. Then add a caption explaining how your illustration is connected to the word.


If students are working through this experience as a class, you may ask for volunteers to define the words and present their illustrations.

Encourage students to wait until they have reviewed their classmates’ illustrations before answering the second poll.


Which of the following words are you not familiar with?

1) atomic bomb
2) conventional weapons
3) concentration camp
4) Holocaust
5) trade sanctions
6) dictatorship
7) encoding
8) home front
9) liberation
10) naval blockade
11) scarce goods
12) victory garden
13) war bonds
14) labor shortage
15) food supply
16) patriotism
17) enlistment
18) volunteerism
19) surrender
20) aggression
21) invasion
22) national security
23) oppressed peoples
24) military personnel
25) international treaty

These two polls provide a general picture of the students’ familiarity with the vocabulary words. If necessary, discuss unfamiliar words with the class.


Based on the vocabulary words, predict three aspects of World War II that this unit will discuss.

Post your answer

Accept any reasonable predictions, since students haven’t yet been introduced to the topic. Correct examples include, but are not limited to: how atomic weapons helped win the war, how citizens in the U.S. aided the war effort, economic effects of the war, and how some peoples during the war suffered because of their ethnicity or race.

If students are working through the experience as a class, you may give them a broad overview/summary: World War II was prompted by the attempts of three totalitarian states—Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and imperial Japan—to conquer a large number of countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Allies, who opposed the aggression by those Axis powers, included the United States, Great Britain and its Commonwealth countries, France, and the Soviet Union. The war lasted from 1939 to 1945. The United States was brought into it by a Japanese attack on its naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. To end the war, the U.S. developed the first atomic bombs and dropped them on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


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