History & Social Studies


Course No. HI407C, HI507C

One of the essential components in Language Arts and Social Studies is the study of World War II. Our culture is fascinated with this topic and there is ample film and literature created to help communicate the scope and importance of this war to future generations. Use of these stories in the classroom brings a clearer perspective of our history to students. This class is designed for Language Arts and Social Studies teachers of grades 4th-12th, developing curriculum that meets state standards.

This class will also provide video and literature ideas for teachers in preparation for major themes of World War II that can wake up your students and empower discussions around many of the major topics of World War II such as films like Nuremberg, Escape from Sobibor, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Saving Private Ryan, Memphis Belle, etc; many of these films are available at local libraries, from NetFlix, in video stores and also for free trial and purchase from documentary film sources like The Video Project. You will choose 8 videos to view and summarize, and write a short plan on how you’ll use some of these in your teaching situation.

If you choose NetFlix, a three-month subscription is about $30. (NetFlix also has an online video capability with the right operating system.) You will need to have access to both a DVD player and a VHS video player to enjoy the full range of media choices.


We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

Have a broader knowledge of the different video and literature possibilities associated with World War II for classroom use.

Develop greater skill in how to use videos for teaching purposes,

Develop a plan for a teaching unit in a World War II area (European and Pacific battles and the Holocaust) that applies to their teaching.   

Apply extended reading on World War II issues to lesson plans, if the credit option is chosen

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