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WWII Research Project

WWII Research Project


This is a lesson plan created to help sixth grade students conduct research on WWII and identify the impact of the leaders, ideas, and events of WWII and how they impact the world today. Students will demosntrate their understanding by creating a goolgle site. 

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This lesson helps students conduct research and create a website that demonstrates their understanding of key events, ideas, and leaders of WWII and how they affect the world today. This lesson integrates technology, language arts, and social studies. 




Background for Teachers

To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of the key events, ideas, and leaders of WWII. Teachers can learn more by reviewing the websites on the attached document created by Stacy Watkins.

You will need knowledge about how to help students distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources. This article may help prepare you on that topic. 

Teachers also need to be help students create a google site. This tutorial is a great resource. 

This works well as a cumulative assignment for students to identify how WWII impacts the world today. 

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

  • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of creating a google site, citing sources, and events of the 20th century. 

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Teachers can adjust the lesson to meet the needs of diverse learners by. modifying the requirements on the rubric to include 1 leader and 1 event instead of 2 leaders and 2 events. Students could also be assigned to complete a google slide presentation instead of a website. 

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to identify key leaders, events, and ideas from WWII and identify how it affects the world today. (Social Studies 6th Grade Standard 4 Objective 1)

Success Criteria:

  • Students will create a website that identifies how leaders and events from WWII changed the world today.

Step 3 - Instruction


1. Begin by watching CARS video on website evaluation 

2. Demonstrate the difference between a reliable website and unrealiable website by comparing and discussing this Lewis and Clark article found on WorldBook Student and this Tree Octupuses articles found online.

3. Tell students that they will be conducting research on WWII in order to identify how the ideas, leaders, and events have impacted the world today (Social Studies 6th Grade Standard 4 Objective 1)

4. Provide students with the WWII graphic organizer and remind students to cite their sources (ISTE Standard 1.2c) as they take notes

5. Provide students with a list of reliable websites created by Stacy Watkins that they may use to conduct research for their project

6. After students complete their research they will create a google site to demonstrate their understanding

7. Have students create a google site and share it on the google classroom

8. Review google sites: how to add text and images, add pages and navigation links, and review basic organization and layout features

9. Give students a copy of the WWII website rubric so they know what to include on their website

10. Students will make a google site that includes a title, 2 people/leaders who had a positive/negative impact on WWII, 3 major events that occured during WWII, idea/thought that drove decisions/actions during WWII, changes that the world has implemented because of WWII, multiple images to support, and a list of references

11. Allow the students to be creative as they create their website. Have students share their completed websites during a gallery walk. 

Step 4 - Assessments

Teacher can assess student learning during the lesson by asking questions during discussions and observing and reviewing student's graphic organizers during research.

The WWII Website rubric can be used to evaluate student mastery and understanding on their website project. 


Students will create a google site to demonstrate understanding of how events, leaders, and ideas during WWII impacts the world today.


"USS St. Louis (CL-49), Cruiser, WWII" by photolibrarian is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit