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World War II: Causes and Entry of the US

Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Assessment
Standards Alignment


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Class: US History Grade: Level 8 and 10

World War II Lessons 1-3: Causes of World War II and the Entry of the US in the War

South Carolina Social Studies Standards:

            Standard USHC- 7:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of World

            War II on the United States and the nation’s subsequent role in the world.

Instructional Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Discuss and explain the Treaty of Versailles and how it contributed to Hitler's rise to power in Germany.
  • Describe the Munich Conference and the historical negative connotation of appeasement.
  • List and explain the importance of the given countries involved in the beginning of World War II.
  • List and Explain reasons for the US entering the war.


Evaluate the impact of war mobilization on the home front, including consumer sacrifices, the role of women and minorities in the workforce, and limits on individual rights that resulted in the internment of Japanese Americans.
Analyze the decision of the United States to enter World War II, including the nation’s movement from a policy of isolationism to international involvement and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


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