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Chapter 8: The Great Depression and World War II: Teacher Information

Chapter 8: The Great Depression and World War II: Teacher Information

Enduring Understanding:

  1. The government took an active role in the nation’s economy during the Great Depression through New Deal agencies.
  2. Many people felt the impact of World War II on the home front and abroad.

Essential Questions:

What is an economic depression?
What was life like during the Great Depression?
How did the New Deal help end the Great Depression?
What events sparked WWII?
Who was the president of the United States during World War II?
What did Arizonans do to support the war effort?
Why was Arizona a good location for war factories and military training bases?
Why were Japanese Americans moved to war relocation camps?
How did the Navajo help the war effort?

Standards:

Strand 1 Concept 8 PO1 PO2 PO3 PO4

Performance Objectives:

  • Students will be able to describe changes in the lives of U.S. and Arizona residents during the Great Depression:
  • Students will be able to describe the reasons for the U.S. becoming involved in World War II (e.g., German and Japanese aggression).
  • Students will be able to describe the impact of World War II on Arizona (e.g., economic boost, military bases, Native American and Hispanic contributions, POW camps, relocation of Japanese Americans).
  • Students will be able to describe how lives were affected during World War II (e.g., limited goods, women worked in factories, increased patriotism).