Fly Girls: Women Aviators in World War II

6th - 8th

Middle schoolers explore contributions of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II, examine portrayals of women in World War II posters and newsreels, compare and contrast them with personal recollections of the WASPs, and demonstrate understanding of importance of WASP program, which enhanced careers for women in aviation.

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Instructional Design
2 days

Propaganda Posters

Don't be put off by the fact that the World War I propaganda posters in this packet are Canadian and some of them are even in French. All the better, in fact, to see the techniques. The richly detailed plan has instructors model analyzing basic propaganda techniques in a poster and then guiding learners through the process before individuals design their own World War I poster. US World War I posters are available from the World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

The Home Front: How Did People Prepare for the War at Home?

Wars have a profound effect not only on a country's soldiers, but also on the everyday lives of its citizens. Invite your young historians to discover how Britain prepared for the Second World War by analyzing a series of government posters regarding rationing, evacuation, and anti-German propaganda.

World War I WebQuest

Students reflect on the events before, during and after World War I.  In this World History lesson, students complete a WebQuest that focuses specifically on the key events of World War I.

World War II through the Radio Waves

Your young historians will channel the very medium used to convey news during World War II and will create and present a five-minute radio broadcast on a particular topic from the war, such as the roles of African Americans and women, war bonds, and music.

Teaching with Poster Art: World War I Posters

Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this World War I lesson, students examine World War I posters. Students investigate the use of propaganda strategies in the posters and discuss the visual metaphors.

World War II

Students explore U.S. history by creating a poster presentation in class. In this World War II lesson, students complete a pre-test about World War II battles. Students collaborate in small groups to create a poster based on a specific WWII battle which they discuss and present to the class.

Women's Roles in Post World War II

Middle schoolers discuss the role of women before, during, and after World War II. In this equality lesson plan, students plan how to make the workforce more equal among men and women after World War II. They research World War II and its effects on American people. 

Wisconsin World War II Stories: Part II: Europe

Students examine Europe's role in World War II through a series of videos.

Letters Home During World War II

Young scholars examine primary source documents of letters sent home during World War II. They can identify the historical information in the documents or lead a discussion based on what they have read.

Women's Roles in World War Two

Learners explore the various roles of women in the armed forces and their experiences at work. They discuss stereotypes of men and women during World War Two. They read extracts of stories from World War Two in small groups and report to the class.

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