Unit X : World War II and the Beginning of the Cold War (1930s-1963)
Competency Goal 10: World War II and the Beginning of the Cold War (1930s-1963) - The learner will analyze United States involvement in World War II and the war's influence on international affairs in following decades.
• World conflicts may result in a shift in a nation’s economic and political priorities.
• International affairs and global politics may be influenced by large scale conflict amongst nations.
• The growth of internationalism may lead to increased responsibilities and financial obligations for individual nations.
10.01 Elaborate on the causes of World War II and reasons for United States entry into the war.
• What factors combined to draw the world and ultimately the U. S. into World War II?
• Was US involvement in the World War II inevitable?
• Were the reasons for the US’s entry into the World War II justifiable?
10.02 Identify military, political, and diplomatic turning points of the war and determine their significance to the outcome and aftermath of the conflict.
• To what extent did the military, political, and diplomatic turning points of World War II determine the outcome and aftermath of the
• How were America and the world different because of the events of World War II?
• What changes to society resulted from the treatment of various groups of people during World War II?
Concepts Factual Content Instructional Strategies & Learning Experiences Suggested
Battle of Britain
D-Day (Operation Overlord)
Battle of the Bulge
Battle of Midway
Casablanca, Tehran, Potsdam
V-E Day, V-J Day
J. Robert Oppenheimer
10.03 Describe and analyze the effects of the war on American economic, social, political, and cultural life.
• How and why did World War II impact the economic, social, cultural, and political life of the U.S.?
• How did the war bring about innovation and change on the home front?
• How are civil liberties challenged during times of conflict?
• Should civil liberties be denied during a time of war?
10.04 Elaborate on changes in the direction of foreign policy related to the beginnings of the Cold War.
• How did the events of World War II help facilitate the onset of the Cold War and influence American foreign policy throughout most of
the 20th century?
• To what extent was America’s decision to drop the atomic bomb a viable option to end the war in the Pacific?
• What impact did World War II have on the economic, social, cultural, and political life of the United States?
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Chinese Civil War
UN Police Action
Bay of Pigs
Cuban Missile Crisis
Limited Test Ban Treaty
10.05 Assess the role of organizations established to maintain peace and examine their continuing effectiveness.
• How effective have organizations been in maintaining peace in the world?
• How has the status of being a superpower affected the relations between the U.S. and other nations?
• To what degree have peace-keeping organizations been successful in their purpose?