Out of the Ashes of WWII

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
9
10
11
12
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Mathematics
Philanthropy
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

 In order for a society to recover from war, what acts of service must citizens, governments, and organizations perform for the common good? 

 

Photo Credit:  Dresden by Bert Kaufmann is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The time immediately after World War II was a time when acts of philanthropy were desperately needed in countries devastated by the war. Urban renewal depended on small and large philanthropic acts, performed by government, for-profit organizations, nonprofit organizations as well as individuals, "Rubble Women" helped in the rebuilding of the city of Berlin. Students explore the Marshall Plan for mathematical data analysis.

Service Experience 
Based on the lessons learned from the importance of philanthropic work done post WWII, students will brainstorm ways that they can make improvements in their own communities.  They will then work in groups to plan and carry out a service project which they will evaluate upon its completion
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Out of the Ashes of WWII
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The learners will identify the economic, geographic, political, and social situations in post-WWII United States and Germany and make comparisons between the situations found in these two countries. They will also explore the actions that the American people and the American Government took to improve their post-WWII situation. 

Unit: 
Out of the Ashes of WWII
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The learners will review the economic, geographic, political, and social situations in post-WWII United States and Germany and the comparisons they made between these two countries in Lesson One. They will also explore the actions that the German people and the German Government took to improve their post- WWII situation. They will also research the story of the "Rubble Women ("Truemmerfrauen").  Learners discuss and answer questions on Philanthropy and the Common Good.

Unit: 
Out of the Ashes of WWII
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
9
10
11
12

The purpose of this lesson is to analyze historical data regarding the Marshall Plan using regression analysis.  Students will practice the concepts of two- variable scatter plot creation and analysis, linear regression, correlation coefficient, means, and outliers.  Analysis of data will reinforce concepts of large scale government-based philanthropic actions. (Teacher Note: If the specifics of the math included in this lesson are beyond the scope and nature of this class, analyze historical data regarding the Marshall Plan utilizing the Alternative Marshall Plan: Country Data- Handout Three)