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How to Identify Reputable Historical Sources

How can a you determine what is “good history”?  

How can you avoid questionable or completely unfounded statements and claims?

Make careful distinctions about sources of information and why it was written. Read more.

Study the events of the Holocaust in the context of European history as a whole. Read more.

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Grade Level





High School

U.S. History

World History

5th Grade

SS5H4 - Explain America’s involvement in World War II.

a. Describe German aggression in Europe and Japanese aggression in Asia.

b. Describe major events in the war in both Europe and the Pacific; include Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, D-Day, VE and VJ Days, and the Holocaust.

d. Identify Roosevelt, Stalin, Churchill, Hirohito, Truman, Mussolini, and Hitler.

6th Grade

SS6H3 - Explain conflict and change in Europe.

a. Describe the aftermath of World War I: the rise of communism, the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Nazism, and worldwide depression.

b. Explain the rise of Nazism including preexisting prejudices, the use of propaganda, and events which resulted in the Holocaust.

7th Grade

SS7H2 - Analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East).

b. Explain the historical factors contributing to the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948; include the Jewish religious connection to the land, antisemitism, the development of Zionism in Europe, and the aftermath of the Holocaust.

(Recommended) 8th Grade

SS8H9 - The student will describe the impact of World War II on Georgia’s development economically, socially and  politically.

c. Explain the impact of the Holocaust on Georgians.

U.S. History

SSUSH19 - Examine the origins, major developments, and the domestic impact of World War II, including the growth of the federal government.

c. Examine the European Theater including difficulties the U.S. faced in delivering weapons, food, and medical supplies to troops, D-Day, and the Fall of Berlin.

World History

SSWH18 - Examine the major political and economic factors that shaped world societies between World War I and World War II.

b. Describe the rise of fascism in Europe and Asia by comparing the policies of Benito Mussolini in Italy, Adolf Hitler in Germany, and Hirohito in Japan.

c. Describe the nature of totalitarianism and the police state that existed in the Soviet Union, Germany, and Italy and how they differ from authoritarian governments.

d. Explain the aggression and conflict leading to World War II in Europe and Asia; include the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, the Spanish Civil War, the Rape of Nanjing in China, and the German violation of the Treaty of Versailles.

SSWH19 - Demonstrate an understanding of the global political, economic, and social impact of World War II.

a. Describe the major conflicts and outcomes, include: North African, Pacific, and European theatres.

b. Identify Nazi ideology and policies that led to the Holocaust and its consequences.

New National Standards - Common Core Standards in Social Studies

1. Cite specific evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the  date and origin of the information.

2. Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide  an accurate summary  of how key events or ideas develop.

3. Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or  simply preceded them.

This page was last updated August 24, 2017.