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The WWII Homefront War Encyclopedia

(This will help you with any term you may need help with throughout this project.)


You are a teenager living in the United States during World War II. You read the newspapers and hear the radio broadcasts, but it is hard to make sense of this war that involves so many countries and people. This webquest will take you back to the Home Front of the 1940's to learn what it was like to grow up during this turbulent time.

Each member of your team will become an expert on one part of the topic. Then you'll have to come back together to answer a question that gets to the heart of 'what's the truth and who says so?' You will also complete an essay over President Franklin Roosevelt's speech "Four Freedoms." We want you to do a good job, so why not read the evaluation rubric for this WebQuest?


1) Answer all questions and terms

2) Create a timeline (with pictures) with at least 10 of the most important events that you think happened.

3) Honors- Write a 5 paragraph essay defending FDR'S "Four Freedoms" Speech.

You will use the websites listed below each section or on the specific page to help you find your answers.

The Question

The main question you will be asked to find an answer for is:

What would it have been like to have been a teenager during World War II? How would teenagers of today deal with the conflicts of war and friendship?

You are going to begin by researching some resources to learn about life in the United States during World War II. Using the information that you learn you will:

1. conduct reasearch about life on the Home Front and Europe during World War II.

2. visit the poster galleries to investigate how the U.S. Government used wartime posters to rally support and answer questions about the posters, and you will create an original time-warped poster to be displayed in class.

3. Gather various types of information on the 1940's and present this to the class.

4. Create a timeline of at least 10 of the events that you think are the most important of WWII.

5. Write an essay on FDR's "Four Freedoms speech".

Background Information

Before becoming an expert on one aspect of this topic, we'd better make sure that everyone on your WebQuest team knows the basics.

Read the following premise:

It is December 6, 1941. The United States is beginning to emerge from the Great Depression and war is raging in Europe. Every day you hear the reports of how it is spreading to other parts of the world. You have heard of the Nazi atrocities, but it all seems so far away. Is war the best thing for the nation? Should the U.S. get involved with such a costly effort?

Use the links below to answer the following questions:

1. List 3 causes of World War II.
2. What were the political conditions in Europe in 1940? What countries were at war?
3. Why did the United States become involved in the war? What was date that the U. S. entered the war?
4. Who were the three main AXIS powers? Who were the three main ALLIES?
5. What was the Maginot line?
6. Who were the Big Three (leaders) who set overall Allied strategy?
7. What was D-Day?
8. Explain what role the following people played in WWII:

a. Joseph Stalin
b. Benito Mussolini
c. Adolf Hitler
d. Franklin D. Roosevelt
e. Winston Churchill
f. Hideki Tojo
g. Dwight D. Eisenhower
h. George Patton
i. Harry S. Truman
j. Douglas MacArthur

Animated Maps of WWII

(click on parts of maps for animation)


Types of Government

Identify each of the following types of government and tell which counties and leaders used them in WWII.

a. totalitarianism

b. fascist

c. Communist

d. dictator


Identify each of the following types of tactics and tell who used them and at what places they were uesed.

a. blitzkrieg

b. saturation/carpet bombing

c. strategic bombing

d. kamikaze



Battles are a huge part of war. Each battle is different from the next. In this section, you are to tell me who was involved in the battles below, the year the battle took place, the nature of the battle, who won the battle (if any winner at all) and the outcome of the battle.

a. Pearl Harbor

b. Battle of Britain

C. Stalingrad

d. Doolittle Raid

e. Battle of the Bulge

f. Battle of the Coral Sea

g. Iwo Jima

h. Okinawa

i. Battan Death March

j. D- Day



Define the following terms and answer all questions:

a. Anti-Semitism

b. Nuremberg laws

1. What was Hitler's Aryan Race? Describe it.

2. What was Hitler's Final Solution?

3. What is the difference between a Concentration Camp and Death Camp? Where were these located?

4. Describe methods used to exterminate the Jews and any other people in death camps.

5. What is genocide? Has genocide happened since WWII anywhere in the world? If so, give examples.


Japenese Interment

Define the following terms and answer the questions:

a. interment camp

b. Executive Order 8802

c. Describe how Japanese Americans were treated by the American people and government?

d. Where were these Japanese Interment camps located?


Home Front

Use the links below to learn more about your role. Specifically, look for answers to the following questions:

1)Explain how the role of women changed during the war.

2)Give an example of how women made a difference on the Home Front.

3)Find a personal account of a family's experience on the Home Front during WWII and describe it in your own words.

4)How did the war time posters help mobilize the Home Front for war?

5)What are the posters indicating about living conditions in America during this time?



View the web sites on wartime poster art to investigate how the U.S. government used this medium to rally the support for war efforts.

After viewing the posters, select one poster and answer the following questions:

1) Describe the poster.

2) Does the poster contain a hidden/implied message? What is the desired effect?

3) What emotions do the images convey? What words are chosen for impact?

4) In what ways does the poster glamorize or villainize war or the people involved?

5) What effect would this poster have had on people of different ages and backgrounds in the 40's? For example, how would a teenager react to it? A veteran of World War I? A mother? A doctor? A minister?

6) Design your own time-warped propaganda poster to display in class.

Role of Tennessee in WWII

Use the following links to help you define and answer the following questions.

1) What was the Manhattan Project? Where did it take place?

2) What were the results of the Manhattan Project?

3) What was the name of the plane that delivered the atomic bombs to Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

4) What major military base was formed on the TN/KY border during WWII and played a major role in sending soldiers to fight?


a. atomic bomb

b. Hiroshima (What happened and when)

c. Nagasaki (What happened and when)


Effects of the War

Use the links below to learn more about your role. Specifically, look for answers to the following questions:

1) What decsions were made at the Yalta Conference? Who was involved?

2) What is the United Nations? What are some of the major accomplishments of the U.N?

3) What was the results of the Potsdam meeting?

4) Explain how the world map changed after WWII?

5) Who came out of WWII as the SUPERPOWERS?

6) What is the importance of the International Montetary Fund and World Bank?

7) What were the results of the Geneva Convention?

8) What were the results of the Nuremburg Trials?

9) What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights- 1948?

10) What was the Marshall Plan?