ADVANCED WORLD HISTORY
WORLD HISTORY, CULTURE AND GEOGRAPHY: THE MODERN WORLD
PATTERNS OF INTERACTION
UNIT 8: WORLD WAR II
HISTORY-SOCIAL SCIENCE CONTENT STANDARDS FOR CALIFORNIA
Unit 8 – Students analyze the causes and consequences of World War II.
1. Compare the German, Italian, and Japanese drives for empire in the 1930’s, including
the 1937 Rape of Nanking, other atrocities in China, and the Stalin- Hitler Pact of
2. Understand the role of appeasement, nonintervention (isolationism), and the domestic
distractions in Europe and the United States prior to the outbreak of World War II.
3. Identify and locate the Allied and Axis powers on a map and discuss the major
turning points of the war, the principal theaters of conflict, key strategic decisions,
and the resulting war conferences and political resolutions, with emphasis on the
importance of geographic factors.
4. Describe the political, diplomatic, and military leaders during the war (e. g., Winston
Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Emperor Hirohito, Adolf Hitler, Benito
Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Douglas McArthur, Dwight Eisenhower).
5. Analyze the Nazi policy of pursuing racial purity, especially against the European
Jews; its transformation into the Final Solution; and the Holocaust that resulted in the
murder of six million Jewish civilians.
6. Discuss the human costs of the war, with particular attention to the civilian and
military losses in Russia, Germany, Britain, the United States, China, and Japan.
FALLBROOK UNION HIGH SCHOOL COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
Unit 8: The Causes and Consequences of World War II
The student will:
1. identify at least three (3) causes of World War II.
2. identify and discuss the drive for an empire by Japan (China and Nanking), Germany
(non-aggression treaty), and Italy.
3. identify the Allied Powers and the Axis Powers.
4. discuss the appeasement policy of the Allied Powers.
5. discuss the important points made in the important conferences between the major
allies during the war, for example: 1) Teheran, and 2) Yalta.
6. discuss the significance of the major battles of the war, such as the Battle of Midway
or Stalingrad, as well as the strategies of the war, for example: 1) blitzkrieg, 2) soft
underbelly, and 3) island hopping.
7. discover the enormity of the human cost and results of WW II, for example:
1) Dresden, 2) Battle of the Bulge, and 3) China.
8. identify and discuss the following about the Holocaust: 1) anti-Semitism,
2) Nuremberg Laws, 3) The Final Solution, 4) concentration camps/death camps,
5) Nuremberg Trials, and 6) the Diary of Anne Frank (optional).
In order to get a “C”, students are expected to complete the following assignments:
1. Fill in the blanks, answer the questions, and fill in the charts and diagrams of the
Chapter 16 Reading Study Guide on World War II (pages 167 to 178).
2. Summarize the problems stated by the candidate in the skillbuilder practice handout:
3. Use sequential order and recognize facts and details in the guided reading worksheet:
“Hitler’s Lightning War”.
4. Read the text, study the map and then interpret text and visuals of the geography
application handout: “Japanese Aggression”.
5. Draw conclusions and recognize facts and details in the guided reading worksheet:
“Japan Strikes in the Pacific”.
6. Read the text, study the map, and then interpret text and visuals of the geography
application handout: “The Fall of Singapore”.
7. Read the text and fill in the time line with events in the correct historic order in the
skillbuilder practice worksheet: “Following Chronological Order”.
8. Develop a chart (both front and back page) discussing the sequence of events leading
to the Holocaust and the resistance during each respective stage on the “Resistance
During the Holocaust” handout.
9. Perceive causes and effects and recognize facts and details in the guided reading
worksheet: “The Allies Are Victorious”.
10. Recognize purpose, facts, and details in the guided reading handout:
“The Devastation of Europe and Japan”.
In order to get a “B”, all of the “C” requirements must be met and the following
“B” assignments have to be completed:
1. Make comparisons, judgments, and inferences in discussing the historymakers
biographical summary of “Winston Churchill – English Bulldog”.
2. Infer main ideas, draw conclusions, and make judgments in discussing the
historymakers biographical summary of “Charles de Gaulle – Man of Destiny”.
3. Recognize facts and details and use context clues when answering the
comprehension questions of the guided reading worksheet: “The Holocaust”.
4. Compare and contrast World War I and World War II when discussing the
comprehension questions of the “Connections Across Time and Cultures” handout:
“Two World Wars”.
In order to get an “A”, complete all of the assignments above and answer the “California
Framework: Writing About World History” essay question:
Topic: “A Newspaper Reporter Writes An Article About The Nuremberg Trials Of
1945”, minimum of 750 words.