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WH 4-6

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Oklahoma Academic Standard 4. The student will evaluate the global transformation created by the World Wars (1900-1945 CE).

Objective 4.6  Examine the significant events of World War II from a global perspective, such as campaigns in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

In a Nutshell

Rather than focusing on the personalities and mechanics of battles, students should focus their learning on the major turning points and their overall impact on the progress of the war. Students should investigate the significance of the Battles of Midway, Stalingrad, and the Battle of Britain as major turning points that changed the course of the war.

Teacher Action 

Student Action 

  • Assist students to assess the significance and impact of individuals and groups throughout world history, tracing the continuity of the past events of World War II to the present.

  • Provide opportunities for students to evaluate how multiple, complex events are shaped by unique circumstances of time and place, as well as broader historical contexts. 

  • Analyze multiple causation and change over time by constructing and interpreting parallel timelines reflecting major turning points in the major military campaigns of World War II.

  • Actively engage in asking and answering geographic questions by acquiring, organizing, and analyzing multiple sources of data and information about the spheres of military engagements during World War II.

Key Concepts 


  • major campaigns and turning points including the war's two fronts in Europe

  • advancements of Japan in the Pacific

  • halt of Rommel's advancement into North Africa

  • Japanese defensive position following Midway, the effects of the Bataan Death March on public morale

  • use of nuclear weaponry by the Americans to force Japanese surrender 

  • historic personalities including Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Emperor Hirohito, Charles DeGaulle

  • Students may often fail to recognize the overall strategies and trends during the war, as the learning objective requires. Focus on detailed accounts of major battles and personalities will be examined in the U.S. History coursework.

Instructional Resources

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