Students watch a video on World War II memories. Students plan an interview with a WWII veteran and ask questions about their life before, during, and after the war.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Minnesota | Unit 10: World War II and Minnesota", an investigation of how Minnesotans, both serving in the military and on the home front, supported their country during WWII.
220.127.116.11.3: Create a timeline of key events leading to World War II; describe how Minnesotans influenced, and were influenced by, the debates over United States involvement.
18.104.22.168.4: Identify contributions of Minnesota and its people to World War II; describe the impact of the war on the home front and Minnesota society after the war.
- Video: WWII Prairie Memories | Tragedy and Comedy, Life in the Military
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Interview with WWII Veteran graphic organizer
- Notebook or loose-leaf paper
Instruct students that they will be planning an interview with a WWII Veteran using a graphic organizer—a table with “Before,” “During,” and “After” columns.
Provide the Interview with WWII Veteran handout to each student.
Instruct students to take notes on the video that will help them remember questions they want to ask. Tell them that making notes of important events, names, dates, and so forth is a good idea.
Play the video, WWII Prairie Memories | Tragedy and Comedy, Life in the Military [5:54].
Instruct the students to write three questions in the “Before” column of their graphic organizer. For example, “What did you do for work before you joined the military?” or “What did you do for fun before you went to war?”
Then, students should write three questions in the “During” column of their graphic organizer. For example, “What did you do during the war?”
Then, have students write three questions in the “After” column of their graphic organizer. For example, “What was different at home when the war was over?”
If students desire, you can show the video again for them to get more ideas for their questions.