World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

Why did the world find itself immersed in another global conflict only two decades after World War I?

World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb introduces kids ages 12 to 15 to the political, military, and cultural forces that shook the globe from 1939 to 1945 and beyond. Middle school students examine the events leading up to, during, and after WWII and the repercussions of these events on populations around the world, from Germany’s invasion of Poland to the resulting domino fall of events that engaged several countries and caused the deaths of 60 million people, including 40 million civilians. They also see how the dark side of Hitler’s ideology was always present, eventually resulting in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of 11 million people, including 6 million Jews and other populations.

Through primary sources, essential questions, and engaging text, readers gain a comprehensive understanding of the politics, the economics, the strategy, and the human experience of this global conflict. What did the world learn from World War II? Could World War II ever happen again?

Try these hands-on projects and investigations!

  • Deconstruct patriotic songs of the era
  • Examine maps of Europe, Asia, and Africa during different time periods

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.99

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 5–8

Subjects

  • US History
  • World History

Author
 

Illustrator
Sam Carbaugh 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 4-color interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Maps
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619306578
  • Hardcover, 9781619306554

awards info

Why did the world find itself immersed in another global conflict only two decades after World War I?

World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb introduces kids ages 12 to 15 to the political, military, and cultural forces that shook the globe from 1939 to 1945 and beyond. Middle school students examine the events leading up to, during, and after WWII and the repercussions of these events on populations around the world, from Germany’s invasion of Poland to the resulting domino fall of events that engaged several countries and caused the deaths of 60 million people, including 40 million civilians. They also see how the dark side of Hitler’s ideology was always present, eventually resulting in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of 11 million people, including 6 million Jews and other populations.

Through primary sources, essential questions, and engaging text, readers gain a comprehensive understanding of the politics, the economics, the strategy, and the human experience of this global conflict. What did the world learn from World War II? Could World War II ever happen again?

Try these hands-on projects and investigations!

  • Deconstruct patriotic songs of the era
  • Examine maps of Europe, Asia, and Africa during different time periods

Reviews

Praise for other books in the series

Human Migration
National Science Teachers Association Recommends
I highly recommend this well–written book. It covers topics in all of the sciences, from anthropology, to environmental science to biology as well as history and geography. This would be an excellent resource book for the middle school teacher.

Publishers Weekly
The story of human migration is an old tale, far older than the written world,” explains Cummings in this exploration of the global movements of people throughout history, part of the Inquire and Investigate series. Alongside playful comic strip entries from Casteel, Cummings looks at migratory patterns that include early Homo sapiens leaving Africa, scientific debate over how humans traveled from Asia to Australia, and the colonization of the New World. Throughout, Cummings notes how archaeological finds shed light on people’s patterns of movement and highlights the motivations behind migration, whether forced or voluntary. Sidebars, reader-directed questions, and activity ideas offer additional ways for readers to consider how recent instances of migration from countries like Syria compare to those from centuries past. A timely and useful resource

The Holocaust
Booklist
This informative history of the persecution of the Jewish population during WWII begins by covering anti- Semitism from its beginnings through the Holocaust. It recounts Hitler’s rise to power, his founding of the Nazi party, and the increasing prejudices shown during that period toward Jews and others, such as the Romani people. It explains how these prejudices led to the Final Solution, the systematic mass murder of the Jews in concentration camps. Each chapter includes short facts, activities, key questions, and a “Vocab Lab” for readers, which refers them to the glossary. A helpful time line, informational sidebars, photos, maps, and comic strips all serve to reinforce the text. PS icons found throughout the text, inside a magnifying glass, link to primary sources or QR codes (some of which are prisoners’ artwork from concentration camps). Readers will gain an understanding of why they must ensure that genocide on any scale never happens again. This is a good overview of the topic for middle-grade history classrooms.


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Projects

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The Nuclear Debate

President Truman’s use of nuclear weapons has always generated controversy. There was little public debate at the time, however. Do you think President Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons was justifiable, either militarily or morally? Stage a debate among your classmates or friends in which you argue for or against Truman’s decision.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

Diane Taylor

Diane C. Taylor is a freelance writer whose published works include both fiction and nonfiction. She has written educational material for a nonprofit arts program in Dallas, Texas, and has been an English instructor for students in middle school, high school, and college. Diane lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.



More Details

Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 5–8
Subjects: US History, World History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Praise for other books in the series

Human Migration
National Science Teachers Association Recommends
I highly recommend this well–written book. It covers topics in all of the sciences, from anthropology, to environmental science to biology as well as history and geography. This would be an excellent resource book for the middle school teacher.

Publishers Weekly
The story of human migration is an old tale, far older than the written world,” explains Cummings in this exploration of the global movements of people throughout history, part of the Inquire and Investigate series. Alongside playful comic strip entries from Casteel, Cummings looks at migratory patterns that include early Homo sapiens leaving Africa, scientific debate over how humans traveled from Asia to Australia, and the colonization of the New World. Throughout, Cummings notes how archaeological finds shed light on people’s patterns of movement and highlights the motivations behind migration, whether forced or voluntary. Sidebars, reader-directed questions, and activity ideas offer additional ways for readers to consider how recent instances of migration from countries like Syria compare to those from centuries past. A timely and useful resource

The Holocaust
Booklist
This informative history of the persecution of the Jewish population during WWII begins by covering anti- Semitism from its beginnings through the Holocaust. It recounts Hitler’s rise to power, his founding of the Nazi party, and the increasing prejudices shown during that period toward Jews and others, such as the Romani people. It explains how these prejudices led to the Final Solution, the systematic mass murder of the Jews in concentration camps. Each chapter includes short facts, activities, key questions, and a “Vocab Lab” for readers, which refers them to the glossary. A helpful time line, informational sidebars, photos, maps, and comic strips all serve to reinforce the text. PS icons found throughout the text, inside a magnifying glass, link to primary sources or QR codes (some of which are prisoners’ artwork from concentration camps). Readers will gain an understanding of why they must ensure that genocide on any scale never happens again. This is a good overview of the topic for middle-grade history classrooms.


Projects

project image

The Nuclear Debate

President Truman’s use of nuclear weapons has always generated controversy. There was little public debate at the time, however. Do you think President Truman’s decision to use nuclear weapons was justifiable, either militarily or morally? Stage a debate among your classmates or friends in which you argue for or against Truman’s decision.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Diane Taylor

Diane C. Taylor is a freelance writer whose published works include both fiction and nonfiction. She has written educational material for a nonprofit arts program in Dallas, Texas, and has been an English instructor for students in middle school, high school, and college. Diane lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky.