Curricula

Why War: The Causes of Conflict offers an amazing opportunity to teach students about the causes of war, the impact of propaganda, how to critically examine primary sources, and ask large-scale critical questions.

To enhance field trips to visit Why War, we have prepared curricula that can easily be used in a U.S. History, World History, Economics, and/or Civics classroom. All the materials needed to run these lessons are linked below.

These curricula should be used to prepare a class to visit and experience Why War: The Causes of Conflict. If you would like to schedule a school group tour of Why War and the rest of our institution please contact Justin Spielmann, FHCAM Education Coordinator, at justins@flyingheritage.com.

 

Lesson# 1:
Why War? Wars are not Random Events
 
Subjects:     U. S. History, World History
Suggested time:     One 50-minute class period (extend to additional class periods as needed)
Grade Levels:     7-12

Learning Targets: 
  • After examining case studies about the main causes of American conflicts, students will be able to identify how different risk factors may lead to international conflict.

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Lesson #2:
Writing American War Biographies
 
Subjects:     U.S. History, U.S. Government, Civics, Economics
Suggested time:     Three 50-minute class periods
Grade Levels:     7-12

Learning Targets: 
  • Students will be able to engage in a research project about a person involved in an American war, and describe key events from that person's life.
  • Students will be able to work cooperatively in groups of three and produce a biography that adds new insight into an individual in American history.

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Lesson #3:
Propaganda and World War II
 
Subjects:     U. S. History, World History
Suggested time:     One 50-minute class period
Grade Levels:     7-12

Learning Targets:
  • Students will identify how the imagery and words of propaganda posters were used to shape opinions during WWII.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of vindictive peace by explaining barriers that propaganda creates for "peace without victory."

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Lesson #4:
The Revolutionary War: Analyzing Eyewitness Accounts for Believability
 
Subjects:     U. S. History, World History
Suggested time:     One 50-minute class period
Grade Levels:     8-12

Learning Targets: 
  • Students will look closely at accounts of the same event and be able to determine why some are more/less reliable than others.
  • Students will be able to support their claims with evidence from primary source documents.

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Lesson 5:
The Safest Time in History?
 
Subjects:     U. S. History, World History
Suggested time:     Three 50-minute class periods (this may need to be longer, depending on how in-depth students will examine this topic)
Grade Levels:     7-12

Learning Targets: 
  • After examining the hypothesis that this time period is the safest time in human history, students will gather evidence to support or challenge this claim.

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The Manhatten Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb by Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians
by Cynthia C. Kelly

Book_TheManhattenProject.jpgBorn out of a small research program that began in 1939, the Manhattan Project brought together the cream of the scientific community and the military to create and perfect a weapon more powerful than any the world had known.

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