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The Best Online Resources For Teaching & Learning About World War II (Part Two)

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This is a “sister” list to The Best Online Resources For Teaching & Learning About World War II (Part One). That list is a compilation of six other various World War II-related “The Best…” lists I’ve previously posted, along with links to special lessons I have posted for my United States History classes.

Today’s list includes more general links that don’t relate to those other six lists, along with ones that I’ve found since I made those U.S. History lessons more than a year ago.

Here are my choices For The Best Online Resources For Teaching & Learning About World War II (Part Two):

The History Channel has a nice interactive called Inside World War II: A Global Perspective.

“The Price Of Freedom: Americans At War” is a Smithsonian multimedia interactive on each war in United States’ history. Videos (with transcript), images and text are included.

Here are two good online interactives related to D-Day:

One is titled The Battle of Pointe du Hoc. It’s about one particular battle that took place during the invasion of Normandy, and is particularly accessible to English Language Learners because it provides audio support for the text.

The other provides an overview of the entire invasion. It’s really quite impressive, and is accessible to ELL’s. It’s just not quite as accessible as the first one because it doesn’t provide audio support for the text.

Remembering D-Day, 66 years ago is a great set of images from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture.

Code Talkers is an online exhibit from the National Museum of the American Indian.  It tells about how Native Americans used their languages to help transmit messages as part of the United States military during World War II. The site is very accessible to English Language Learners, with audio and text support, along with helpful images.  Early Intermediate speakers and above should be able to understand much of it.

The National World War II Museum has a special feature on the Science and Technology of World War II. I particularly like The Darkroom exhibit and the Atomic Bomb interactive timeline.

BBC’s Primary History site has a number of accessible activities.

eHistory has a good overview of the war.

The History Channel has many short videos on the war, as does How Stuff Works.

The Los Angeles Times has a slideshow about the Japanese surrender.

Storming Juno is the online site of a television show from History TV about Canadian soldiers landing on D-Day. It has a 3D feature of the landing, plus interviews with survivors that include subtitles.

The BBC has a film on D-Day which provides closed-captioning.

Before and After D-Day: In Color is a slideshow from LIFE.

Remembering D-Day, 67 years later is a slideshow from The Los Angeles Times.

World War II In Photos is the start of a twenty part series of photos about…World War II.

The Daily Mail has published a series of pretty amazing photos of the damage caused during the London Blitz in World War II. They are a “must see.”

D-Day To Victory is a very engaging interactive from History Television in Canada.

Here’s a cool color video of World War II soldiers:

The Smithsonian has a relatively new “Choose Your Own Adventure” interactive where you play the role of a Tuskegee airman escorting bombers on a mission (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

Feedback, as always, is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Thanks for this excellent list of resources. The Go For Broke National Education Center (http://www.goforbroke.org) has 700 oral histories, lesson plans, and other educational programs, including historical machinima, about the Japanese American WWII veterans.

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