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The kids enjoy the way the lessons personalize the war by encouraging historical thinking from various perspectives.
High School Teacher - North Carolina
I have already decided that the next time that I teach my World War II class, that these essays will be replacing the textbook that I have used for this class in the past.
High School Teacher - Nebraska
The lessons are amazing because they incorporate primary source documents and ask students to critically think about the decisions that were made during the war.
High School Teacher - Arizona

Curriculum Guides

  • Volume
    From Pearl Harbor to the punishing jungles of Guadalcanal to the smoldering ruins of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this curriculum guide and its accompanying multimedia assets will help you capture the unique challenges of the Pacific theater of World War II for your students. Great distances, terrifying new weapons, and the influence of race and ideology combined to make the Asia-Pacific conflict a distinct episode in the history of modern warfare, one that changed the world forever.
  • Volume
    How far could the Axis Powers go in their quest to dominate Europe without drawing the United States into the fray? This curriculum guide follows America's involvement in the European theater from the isolationism of the 1930s through the Roosevelt administration's halting assistance to the Allies, and then into open conflict from 1942 until the end of the war. Students can study the Normandy invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and the daily lives of prisoners at Auschwitz, and other crucial aspects of the war through oral histories, decision-making scenarios, and other rich resources.
  • Volume

    When the United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941, one day after the infamous attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, the country was suddenly driven out of a period of isolationism and onto the world’s stage as it mobilized the great arsenal of democracy. The journey was not easy, as the United States had to tackle significant challenges at home to meet the sudden demand for supplies and equipment needed to prepare for battle. Through essays, lesson plans, and multimedia resources, this curriculum guide will help students explore how the nation came together to solve complex problems created by the war, as well as the impact it had on the lives of everyday Americans due to wartime practices such as rationing, the draft, and segregation.

  • Volume

    In September 1945, World War II—the deadliest conflict in human history—is finally over. The Allies stand victorious over the defeated Axis powers. Although no longer at war, the Allies now find themselves faced with perhaps an even greater challenge: rebuilding a broken world and attempting to forge a lasting peace. Entitled Liberation & Legacy, this curriculum volume focuses its lesson plans, overview essays, and oral histories on the new postwar world: the horror at the discovery of the extent of the Holocaust; justice dealt to the leaders of defeated regimes; and new voices from former colonial empires yearning to be free.

  • Volume

    Real World Science is part of an effort by The National WWII Museum, and funded by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, to use the war that changed the world to teach how society turns to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) when it faces big problems. Teachers from across the country, and students from diverse backgrounds, will learn how to connect science, history, and literacy to ensure that the next generation is ready to meet the challenges it will face in the future.