VUS.11 The student will demonstrate knowledge of World War II by analyzing the causes and events that led to American involvement in the war, including military assistance to the United Kingdom and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; describing and locating the major battles and turning points of the war in North Africa, Europe, and the Pacific, including Midway, Stalingrad, the Normandy landing (D-Day), and Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb to force the surrender of Japan; describing the role of all-minority military units, including the Tuskegee Airmen and Nisei regiments; examining the Geneva Convention and the treatment of prisoners of war during World War II; analyzing the Holocaust (Hitler’s “final solution”), its impact on Jews and other groups, and the postwar trials of war criminals.

VUS.12 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the effects of World War II on the home front by explaining how the United States mobilized its economic, human, and military resources; describing the contributions of women and minorities to the war effort; explaining the internment of Japanese Americans during the war; describing the role of media and communications in the war effort.

Daily discussion topics will include:

- US Neutrality in WWII, Lend-Lease Act
- War on the Home front, propaganda
- "United States at War", European Theater
- “United States at War”, Pacific Theater
- Contributions of Women and Minorities during WW2