ERIC Number: ED467872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Battle of Midway: Turning the Tide in the Pacific. Teaching with Historic Places.
Inhabited by humans for less than a century, Midway Atoll dominated the world news for a brief time in the early summer of 1942. These tiny Pacific islands were the focus of a brutal struggle between the Japanese Imperial Navy and the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The U.S. victory here ended Japan's seemingly unstoppable advance across the Pacific and began a U.S. offensive that would end 3 years later at the doorstep of the home islands. This lesson plan is based on the National Historic Landmark file "World War II Facilities at Midway" and historic accounts of the campaign. The lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units about World War II. It cites relevant National History Standards, objectives for students, and materials needed. The lesson is divided into eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Questions"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Japanese Offensive, 1941-42; Midway Atoll); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Out of Obscurity; Battle of Midway; Voices from Midway); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Midway Atoll, 1941; Midway after Japanese Attack, 1942; Bombing of U.S. Carrier Yorktown, 1942; Dive Bombers, 1942; Bombers on Midway, 1942; Ammunition Magazine on Midway); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Victory or Defeat?; Technology and Warfare; Remembering the Middle of Midway; Local War Memorials); and (8) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Geographic Location, Geography, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Intermediate Grades, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Teaching Guides, United States History, World War II
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. Tel: 202-208-6843. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/90midway/90midway.htm/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.