They Drew Fire: A WWII D-Day Webquest





This lesson is designed as an integrated project of social science, language arts, and visual arts for secondary school students.

This lesson can also be used by students learning about: European history, American history, military science, or World War II.

Students will need to be able to:

bulletuse the Internet to do research
bulletwrite from the perspective of another individual
bulletanalyze art for meaning

(Photo credit: Mulberry at Work, Dwight C. Shepler #159, Watercolor, June 1944.)


This activity correlates to the following national and regional standards:

Florida Sunshine State Standards:

Social Studies:

Time, Continuity, and Change [History], Standard 3: The student understands Western and Eastern civilization since the Renaissance.

Language Arts:

Reading (these standards are tested on the FCAT in the category Reference and Research): 

bullet A.2.4.4 identification and synthesis of information
bullet A.2.4.8 synthesis of information from
multiple sources

Writing, Standard 2: The students writes to communicate ideas and information effectively.

The Arts:

Creation and Communication, Standard 1: The student creates and communicates a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas using knowledge of structures and functions of visual arts.

Cultural and Historical Connections, Standard 1: The student understands the visual arts in relation to history and culture.

National History Standards.

Era 8 -The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945) Standard 4B: The student understands the global scope, outcome, and human costs of the war.

NCTE Language Arts Standards:

Standard 8: Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.


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Last updated: 06/28/12.