Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Students will be able to evaluate the reasons why America became involved in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War, by applying the theories of the different thinkers to the different 20th century conflicts and using these theories to explain America’s rationale for becoming involved.
1. This should be part of a larger unit on the study of modern warfare.
2. Students will begin by studying the theories of the different thinkers as to why nations go to war.
3. Students will study the documents and, for each, use specific textual evidence to explain why this was a cause for US involvement in the conflict.
4. Teacher will model the first document out loud and demonstrate how to use information from the text to explain the reason for US entry into the conflict.
5. In pairs or small groups, students will read and analyze the next document, with the teacher’s guidance, and then explain, in their own words, how the text explains proves America’s reasons for entering the war.
6. Students will then discuss in groups which historian and theory this reason for war appears to match.
7. Students will then use a variety of resources including the documents provided, as well as those found inside of their classroom, library, and the Internet, to research the reasons for US involvement in the different 20th Century conflicts.
8. Students will use this information to write an argumentative essay in which they must prove that America’s reasons and rationale for entering all the major 20th Century conflicts matches the theory of the thinker that they chose.