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World History Semester 4 WW2 to Cold War

Kim Guthriegabs M. Ed
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(417)
This 8-week course covers the beginnings of WW2 to the end of the Cold War, highlighting key events, people, and the changing nations in the US, Europe, and Asia during the 20th century.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Intermediate Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
Aligned with National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (NCSS)
Learners will be able to describe, explain, and discuss key events and people of World War II and the Cold War.
I  am nationally certified to teach history to grades 6-9 and hold professional certification to teach elementary and middle school grades. I have two Master's degrees in education.  I taught history for over 15 years in a public school classroom where I was also the lead history teacher.
I have personally traveled to the majority of the museums and archives that I use in my class content. I have a family member who survived the Holocaust,  as well as friends who were under German Occupation and veterans of fighting in Europe and Asia.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
Assessment can be informal or a formal report at the learner's request.
Grades Offered
Graphic organizers as provided by the teacher for each week.
Learner notebook.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Blooket and Kahoot! quiz review links are provided weekly. Quizlet will be used occasionally. Each link is unique to each class section. They are unique and do not require a login with private information. 

This history semester deals with the idea of an empire's supremacy and how its effects on nations that were occupied by totalitarian forces in Africa, Europe,  and Asia during WW2.  Any posters or government propaganda used that supports Hitler's Nazi government, Mussolini's government or Japanese occupation is used as a primary source to put the world events in context for the learners.  I do not support the views of these fascist governments and any quotes or statements from point of view of their supporters in history are to help learners see what was happening in the world during their time in power.  In class, learners will not be asked to roleplay any of these viewpoints. Learners will be asked to think of those who went against these views. Some political cartoons use symbolism that will be offensive to many learners but is essential to understand history by using them as evidence and to analyze how they came to power and ruled with fear.  Again, the political cartoons are not a reflection of my personal views but are essential to analyze if we are to understand how some concepts and ideas of hate and prejudice continue today.  In analyzing and discussing these historical images and ideas we can move to a common understanding of the issues that continue today.

As we will be discussing a time of war, there will be a discussion of the death and destruction that was a byproduct of war. I will avoid using images that are overly graphic. While I don't focus on numbers and dates, I do want learners to be aware of the extended suffering that war brings, not only to those in the military but to their families and friends, on both sides of a war. 

It is impossible to discuss the  Holocaust without talking about Judaism, as well as the terms Gypsy, disabled,  and homosexual, as people who identified with these groups were targeted as victims of the Nazi regime. 
International War Museum.org.uk, the Warwick.ac.uk
Imperial War Museum.uk

Victoria Albert Museum uk
National archives.uk
loc.gov.us DocsTeach
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Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(417)
I believe that students need to see the personal side of the world. When students begin to see a unique story in a history or science lesson, they become engaged and learn. 

   Learners need to see the relevance of what they learn. Then, they... 
Group Class


weekly or $150 for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Completed by 3 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 12-16
2-6 learners per class

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