|Infantry Soldier (Europe)||Sailor (Pacific)||Prisoner of War (Germany)|
|Army Doctor (Asia)||Bombardier (Pacific)||War Correspondent|
|Army Nurse||Tuskegee Airman||Woman on the Homefront|
|Naval Officer||General (Europe)||Woman in the Workforce|
2. After being assigned to one of the roles above, research that role based on the following focus questions:
a. What is the background
of your character (include family, home town, etc.)
b. Why do you think this work (related to the war effort) is important?
c. What beliefs form your support of the war effort?
d. Are events included in each entry relevant according to dates assigned?
e. Share a recollection that defines your experience.
f. Use photographs, etc. to illustarte clothing, weapons, and housing of the time.
3. Prepare a five-minute presentation of the character you have researched. Use costuming, props, etc. to bring your character to life. Presentations are based on journal entries for ANY THREE of the following four dates:
|September 30, 1941||December 31, 1943|
|December 31, 1941||December 31, 1945|
NOTE: Time restrictions may require that the written element of the project be the only element for which you are responsible.
Written Sources: books, periodicals availablein the Ellis Library and other sources
Interviews: family members, friends, others who may have had the role you are representing or knew someone who did
Internet: various sources, including (but NOT limited to)...
Chronological List of Events, Maps and Oral History
Grolier's Online: Chronological outline of WWII
A chronological outline of the major events preceding World War II, the chief military and political occurrences in the various areas during the war, and peace treaties and other postwar developments are presented at this site.
Oral Histories from WWII (from the Preservation Society)
Oral history of the war and aftermath from Japan, a product of interviews with students' parents, grandfathers and grandmothers.
Oral Histories from Survivors of the attack at Pearl Harbor
What Did You Do In the War, Grandma?
An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II written by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School.
World War II: An American Scrapbook
Oral histories collected by students. On this web site you will find stories we collected about World War II from people close to us...our grandparents and great grandparents. We learned about Guadalcanal, rationing, what is was like on a destroyer, and much more.
Pearl Harbor Sites
Pearl Harbor: Historical Text Archive
Pearl Harbor Remembered
Includes a map of Pearl Harbor, an overview of the attack, a timeline, and more.
Turning Points: One Sunday in December
A brief summary of the events of Pearl Harbor are detailed at this site.
World War II: United States' Entry into the War
Posters of WWII
Posters on the American Home Front (1941-45)
This exhibition was organized by the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
Powers of Persuasion: Poster Art from World War II
This online exhibit features 33 posters and 1 sound file from a more extensive exhibit that was presented in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, from May 1994 to February 1995.
General WWII Information Sites
A Guide to the Good War: Resources on World War II
A People at War
From the National Archives and Records Administration, this site "highlights the contributions of the thousands of Americans, both military and civilian, who served their country during World War II," including sections on women who served, the war in the Pacific, the war in Europe, and science's role in military arms power.
Aircraft in WWII
This is a reference site with photos, data, and info on all American aircraft designed or used in World War II. Even the hardcore aviation enthusiast will learn something here. Come in and have a look!
G.I. World War II
"G.I. World War II" recalls the experiences of American soldiers -- from their entry into the Army to their transformation into warriors -- during World War II.
Dozens of links on WWII articles; many with actual photographs taken during the war.
Japanese Surrender Document
From the National Archives and Records Administration, this site includes information and images of Japan's surrender in 1945.
Japanese American Internment: Santa Clara Valley
This exhibit, on permanent display at the Japanese American Resource Center in San Jose, California's Japantown, depicts the internment camp life of the many local Santa Clara Valley Japanese Americans who were interned during World War II in permanent camps under harsh conditions.
The Tuskegee Airmen
African American "fighter pilots fought in the aerial war over North Africa, Sicily and Europe" during WWII.
Women Come to the Front
Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters during World War II.
World War II Commemoration
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the war, we have put together what we believe to be the definitive collection of World War II historical materials on the Web.
Yahoo Links for WWII
Grades will be determined based on the following criteria:
|Journal Elements (10 points)||* 3 days of the Journal complete.
* Included headlines and/or pictures.
* Writing is in own words.
* More than 3 resources used and documented.
* Factual information indicates comprehensive research about his/her character and contribution to war effort.
|Focus Questions (25 points)||* What is
the background of your character (include family, home town,
* Why do you think this work (related to the war effort) is important?
* What beliefs form your support of the war effort?
* Events included in each entry are relevant according to dates assigned
* Share a recollection that defines your experience.
|Oral Presentation (5 points; optional)||* Five minutes long.
* Character information is very clear, interesting and complete.
* Creative costumes and props are used
After all of the presentations have been made, you should have a better understanding of what it was like to have lived through this era, whether directly involved in the war or back home in America.
This activity is based, in part, on an existing WebQuest created by Carol C. Wortman at St. Norbert School in Paoli, PA. <http://www.stnorbert.org/wwiiwebquest.htm>