Digital Skills: Developing Online Assessment Skills in Everyday Classroom Activities Western Reserve Public Media

London Blitz/Battle of Britain Document Analysis
This lesson will encourage students to read a complex text in an online format, while also modeling skills of active comprehension and self monitoring for understanding. Students are required to read large sections of text and then answer questions for the state tests across disciplines and this learning tool helps students become more engaged with online texts and monitoring their own comprehension.

This lesson does require a bit more setup/prep time with creating the account and a classroom within the site, however, this website has excellent tools and lots of premade activities and lessons. It is definitely worth the time to explore!

I can:
  • Analyze a document pertaining to the London Blitz.

  • Utilize active reading strategies to improve comprehension of online texts.

  • Annotate, define, respond to questions, and manipulate text settings within the Actively Learning website.

Tech Skills:
  • Text Editing

  • Keyboarding and Mouse Skills

Materials and Resources:

Student laptop or device

Actively Learn Account and Classroom (free to create)

Blitz Document to import into Actively account

Battle of Britain Images Slide


BBC Archives Sound Clip

Grade Level:
  • 9th & 10th Grade
Subject Area:
  • Modern World History

  • American History

Activity 1:

Prior to starting this lesson, students should be familiar with the basics of blitzkrieg and its effectiveness.

  • Begin class by projecting the Battle of Britain Google Slide and playing the BBC Sound Clip

  • As students observe the images of the Battle of Britain and the devastation of the London Blitz, they should be listening to the live recording of a dog fight over the English Channel between the RAF and the German Luftwaffe.

  • The instructor can choose to play as much of the clip as they feel is necessary for students to get an understanding of the chaotic nature of air battles and dogfights

  • After listening to the recording, the class can begin with a brief discussion of the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz

    Students should already have some familiarity with the London Blitz and the larger Battle for Britain prior to this lesson.

    Possible discussion questions could include their reactions to hearing a dog fight play out “live”, whether the German plan to attack via air was an effective idea, things they may remember or already know about the Blitz, connect the devastation of their own hometown or city to that of the London Blitz etc.



Activity 2:

  • After the introduction, transition students into the primary source activity on

    Depending on student familiarity with the website, some overview may be necessary.

    Teacher and Student overview videos are included in the Supplementary resources list below.


ONLS Modern World History

2. The use of primary and secondary sources of information includes an examination of the credibility of each source

17. World War II devastated most of Europe and Asia, led to the occupation of Eastern Europe and Japan, and began the atomic age

ONLS American History

2. The use of primary and secondary sources of information includes an examination of the credibility of each source

21. During the 1930s, the U.S. government attempted to distance the country from earlier interventionist policies in the Western Hemisphere as well as retain an isolationist approach to events in Europe and Asia until the beginning of WWII.

Supplementary Resources:

BBC History London Blitz

Blitz Photo Gallery

Military History Monthly Blitz WWII

Actively Learn Videos


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