WWII Presentations

For a deeper understanding of WWII, students were asked to create a Google Slide presentation on a WWII topic of choice and then relate that topic to America’s role in this global war. Here are a selection of stellar presentations!

These are examples of the slides you’ll find within the presentations listed above. A presentation of three to five minutes to the class was required, but every student had so much to tell their peers after their research that their presentation time wound up at least doubling for them all! I am so proud of their depth of learning.

30 Facts About the Titanic

Did you know that if the Titanic were to launch today it would cost $83,200 to ride first class in a parlor suite? Back in 1912, a suite cost a $4,350 and a first class berth ticket cost $150 or nearly $3,000 in today’s world. The second class ticket only cost $60 and the lowest ticket price was $30 for third class.

Or, did you know that the Titanic didn’t carry many children on its journey? It did however, employ a number of bellboys that carried the passengers’ luggage aboard. These bellboys were as young as 14 years old. All of the bellboys tragically lost their lives when the ship went down into the deep ocean.

For more fascinating facts, visit this website.

These Medieval Monarchs Died In The Most Embarrassing Way Imaginable

581px-king_henry_i_from_npg When we think of British monarchs throughout history, we picture a reserved ruler with a stiff upper lip and a certain sense of dignity. Queen Elizabeth is a perfect example of this, with her tempered smiles and polite waves.

However, you don’t tend to think about these rulers accidentally blowing up themselves with cannons in a bid to impress a girl. Yet, as history has shown us, British monarchs have died in all sorts of embarrassing ways, and the stories are so graphic, that they don’t even tell them in school!

  1. While out hunting with a group of his peers, King William II, son of William The Conquer, was accidentally shot and killed by his friend who was clearly a lackluster huntsman. Everyone panicked, with the friend taking off, and his other compatriots fled back to the castle. William rotted for several days until they came back.
  2. King James II of Scotland was killed by his own cannon, which he decided to stand close to and fire to impress his lady love. His thigh was cut right in half and he bled out immediately.
  3. William the Conquer conquered all sorts of things, like the Saxons. But while on the battlefield, his horse stopped abruptly, jamming the king’s innards against his saddle and rupturing his guts. Yes, he was murdered by his horse.

For more, follow this link to the original article.