World War II Overview – Slideshow and Visual Timeline


With this lesson, students will learn about the main aspects of the fighting during World War II. through an organized presentation. Teachers can assess understanding as students work together to create a visual timeline.

Pages: 18 pages and 22 slides

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With this lesson, students will learn about the main aspects of the fighting during World War II. Careful attention has been paid to giving students a broad understanding of the battles and strategy of the Allies without overloading the slideshow with unnecessary detail. This slideshow and accompanying activity will give students a framework for the war that can be expanded upon with other lessons. You can view more in the preview here – World War II Overview

Topics Include: The Attack on Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, Island Hopping, the fall of Germany, D-Day, The Yalta Conference, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, the Holocaust, the Nuremberg Trials, and the United Nations

Included in this resource:

  • A PowerPoint Version of the handout (editable)
  • A PDF Version of the handout (not editable)
  • A PowerPoint Version of the slideshow and a Google Slides Version of the lesson
  • A lesson plan with guidance for implementation

This lesson addresses the following NYS Social Studies Standards:

8.6b.1 – Students will examine American involvement in World War II, including the American strategy in the Pacific and the invasion of Normandy on D-Day

8.6c.1 – Students will examine the role of air power by the allies, including the use of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

8.6c.2 – Students will investigate the Holocaust and explain the historical significance of the Nuremberg trials.

8.6c.3 – Students will examine the structure and work of the United Nations.


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