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Changing Gender Roles on the World War II Home Front
Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration: 45 minutes
Date Posted: 5/6/2010
Kick-off a research project on gender roles on the World War II home front with two brief video clips and a selection of primary sources. Once students have analyzed the photographs and wartime advertisements, begin a research project on women during World War II. This lesson plan (which includes background information and full-color primary sources) was produced to accompany the exhibition The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
World History Standards (Grades 5-12)
Era 8: A Half-Century of Crisis and Achievement, 1900-1945
2: The causes and global consequences of World War I
3: The search for peace and stability in the 1920s and 1930s
4: The causes and global consequences of World War II
5: Major global trends from 1900 to the end of World War II
Era 9: The 20th Century Since 1945: Promises and Paradoxes
Historical Thinking Standards (Grades 5-12)
Historical Thinking Standard 4: Historical Research Capabilities
4B: Obtain historical data from a variety of sources.
4C: Interrogate historical data.
4D: Identify the gaps in the available records, marshal contextual knowledge and perspectives of the time and place.
4E: Employ quantitative analysis.
4F: Support interpretations with historical evidence.