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Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls
- Susan Stamberg
This article is a production of National Public Radio (NPR), written by Susan Stamberg. During WWII, a shortage of male pilots in the United States led to the formation of a group called WASP — the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Stamberg reports on this relatively little-known group, and its struggle for national and military recognition.Pair “Female WWII Pilots: The Original Fly Girls” with “Introduction to WWII” ask students to discuss the different ways that women were given additional opportunities during WWII. How does this text explore the opportunity, as well as persisting discrimination, that existed during WWII?
Introduction to the Holocaust
- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This informational text explains what the Holocaust was, who it affected, who carried it out, and how it ended.Pair “Introduction to the Holocaust” with “Introduction to World War II” to provide students with additional information regarding the most devastating event of WWII. How did the Holocaust contribute to Germany’s objective during the war? How did other countries respond to the Holocaust during WWII?
Rosie the Riveter
- Barrett Smith
In the informational text “Rosie the Riveter,” Barrett Smith explores the WWII origins of Rosie and her impact on social movements.Pair “Introduction to World War II” with “Rosie the Riveter” to provide students with additional information about World War II. How does “Introduction to World War II” help students better understand the need for additional labor during the war? Why do students think women were asked to leave the jobs they were once encouraged to fill at the end of the war?
The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun
- Elizabeth Blair
In “The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun,” Elizabeth Blair discusses how Desmond Doss saved his fellow soldiers and why he refused to carry a weapon.Pair “Introduction to World War II” with “The Real ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun” to provide students with historical context on World War II. Why do you think it was important to Desmond Doss that he contribute to the war effort in some way? What was the public’s opinion on the war during this time?
- Susan Cooper
In Susan Copper’s short story “Muffin” a young girl living in England during World War II is bullied relentlessly by a classmate.Pair “Introduction to World War II” with “Muffin” to provide students with additional information about World War II. Ask students to discuss how children were likely impacted by living through the events of the war. Were the war preparations in Daisy’s community necessary? How do you think children’s experiences during the war compared to adults’?