Pearl Harbor Study: Making Learning Visible Activities
"There goes the siren that warns of the air raid."
-Aces High (Iron Maiden)

Note: For a few of the activities, there is a good deal of reading. If this would not work within your class structure, this guide may not be for you. The students are going to read with this one. As this is a zip file, the articles are included to be printed for easier reading.

In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941, our nation was altered forever. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military attack carried out by the Imperial Japanese Navy targeting the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This surprise attack led to the United States' into the throes of World War II.

This simple and affordable mini-lesson looks a little deeper into the facets of the attack on Pearl Harbor utilizing visual thinking strategies. The lessons offer challenging, yet effective stations to promote intellectual growth and a deeper understanding of one of our nation's most tragic and historic events.

This newest version is a zip file. The reason for this is so that if one so chooses, they can open the memoir and speech documents separately, for easier viewing.

Included in the unit
Frame 3: Introduction
Frame 4 – 5: Core Standards Met
Frames 6-7: Pre-study Activities - Mind Map/STW
Frame 8: Station Explanation
Frames 9 - 19: Station 1 – Memoir Comprehension
Frames 20 – 25: Station 2 – “Infamy” Speech
Frames 26 – 29: Station 3 – The Importance of Words
Frame 30: Station 4 – Piecing the Puzzle
Frame 31: Station 5 – Explanation Please
Frame 32: Station 6 – Extra, Extra!
Frame 33: Station 7 – CSI
Frame 34: Station 8 – Bridging Ideas
Frames 35 – 36: Station 9 – Look Deep
Frame 37: Station 10 – Perspective
Frame 38-39: Final Assessment – Irony Paragraph
Frames 40-41: Aces High Lyrical Analysis
Frame 42: Answer Key
Frame 43: References
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Created: Jun 27, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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