- Grade Level:
- Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
- Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
- State Standards:
- Standard 1: Students reconstruct, interpret, and critique the causes and consequences of past events in the context of institutions, values, and beliefs of the periods in which they took place.
Three major countries in the world all had an interest in the Samoa islands. The excellent harbor at Pago Pago became increasingly attractive to both commercial and naval interests. From a historical timeline, students will learn about the history of the Samoa islands and how the two Samoa’s were separated into two different countries. Students will also learn the vital role that American Samoa played during World War II.
What role did American Samoa play during World War II?
Ask: Why are we called American Samoa? Ask: Have you heard of the term Deed of Cession? Tell the students that they will watch a Power Point program to learn more. Let them know that they will hike to Blunts Point and they will view two of the four remaining guns from World War II.
1. Students will hike to Blunts Point.
2. After arriving at Blunts Point, Ask: What type of guns are these and why are they here?
3. Hand out the worksheets to test student's comprehension.
4. Refresh the student's knowledge about what took place at this site.
Note: Students from off island will watch a video of a ranger and students hiking to the site and listening in.
Conclusion with Inquiry Question
What role did American Samoa play during World War II
We need to preserve and protect these special sites by not damaging them so future generations can enjoy and learn about them.