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World War II education.
MICDS WWII curriculum and Wiki-site
St. Louis, MO
Our 7th grade 20th Century US History classes have involved themselves in several different projects during our examination of the WWII experience and its impact on the American identity. In January the class took a trip to the nearby St. Louis Holocaust Museum (http://www.hmlc.org/) to tour the exhibit and to meet with survivors. Students were also in touch with students from the Philippines, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Japan, and Poland in order to ask about how their communities select to remember World War II. In addition to collecting international input, each student also carried out an interview with friends and relatives who have remembrances of the time. International input, pictures, video, and our interviews were brought together on our wiki-site for comment, viewing, and collaboration: http://fitz-tory.wikispaces.com/. MICDS is sending a CD-ROM containing these student interviews for inclusion in The National WWII Museum Teacher Student Resource Library.
Teacher Profile: Mike Fitzgerald, email@example.com
Mike Fitzgerald has been teaching for 17 years in independent schools. The last 11years he has been teaching 6th and 7th grade history in the middle school at MICDS (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School). Mr. Fitzgerald is a graduate of both Gettysburg College and Accompsett Jr. High in NY.
Teacher Profile: Patrick Woessner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Woessner has been with MICDS for 14 years, eight as the Chair of the Middle School Science Department and for the past six as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Webster University.
"The Proper Application of Overwhelming Force": The United States in World War II: http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=653
In this curriculum unit students will examine the role that the United States played in bringing about victory of the Axis Powers. They will learn about the strategies that were developed, and how they played out in reality. They will become familiar with the two major theaters of the war--Pacific and European--and how developments in one affected the course of the fighting in the other. Finally, they will learn how the various military campaigns--on land and sea, and in the air--all contributed to the war's successful conclusion.
Lesson One: Turning the Tide in the Pacific, 1942-1943; Lesson Two: Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942-1944; Lesson Three: Victory in Europe, 1944-1945; Lesson Four: Victory in the Pacific, 1943-1945
Lesson Writers: John Moser, Associate Professor of History, Ashland University and Lori Hahn, Sheffield Middle Senior High School, Warren, PA
Teacher Profile: John Moser, email@example.com
John Moser is associate professor of history at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. He is author of three books: Twisting the Lion's Tail: Anglophobia in the United States, 1921-48 (Macmillan Press, 1999), Presidents from Hoover through Truman, 1929-1953 (Greenwood Press, 2002), and Right Turn: John T. Flynn and the Transformation of American Liberalism (New York University Press, 2005).
Teacher Profile: Lori Hahn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lori Hahn is currently an American History teacher at Sheffield Area High School, in the Warren County School District, Warren, PA. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in History at Messiah College and is currently enrolled in the Master’s of American History and Government program at Ashland University, Ashland OH. She resides in Warren with her husband and two girls.
Gahanna Lincoln High School’s WWII Curriculum and Website: http://glhswwii.tripod.com
This WWII class website was originally designed and constructed by a senior as a project 2 years ago. Teacher Dave Glieco has since taken over the maintenance of the site. The website is designed to help students keep current with the WWII course objectives and includes the course syllabus, project guidelines, and due dates for projects. In addition, the website publicizes the upcoming WWII class events. In the future the site will also be a resource for interested visitors with maps, documents, pictures and, hopefully, interviews with WWII veterans.
Teacher Profile: Dave Glieco, email@example.com
I graduated from The Ohio State University in 1996 (finally at age 44) and am in my 12th year at Gahanna Lincoln High School. I teach US History also, and proposed and developed the class on World War II. This is the third year for the semester class and it is the most popular elective in the high school. The thing that I like the best about the class is that it is always changing. Whenever I find something better to add, I can replace and subtract things that are not as interesting.
Suncoast Community High School WWII Seminar, http://www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/SuncoastHS/
Review of daylong WWII Conference, December 2007:
The enthusiastic response we got from veterans (and our kids who fund some of them) was great! During our first panel, we had a former member of the Hitler Youth onstage with a Marine who had enlisted in 1937 because he didn't like what he saw happening in the newsreels. Their comments about life before Pearl Harbor made a great opening. We followed them with 4 speakers who talked about life on the Home Front, and the ladies onstage stole the show with their remembrances and anecdotes. One participant, who was a boy in Massachusetts during the war, also gave some interesting comments, as did another veteran who spent the first half of the war as a civilian before he was drafted.
Prior to our lunch break, our European war veterans shared their diverse stories, ranging from D-Day, to being a commander in Patton's Army, to being a POW. They had some amazing stories, and the students hung on every word. It was with some reluctance that we had to wrap up the session for lunch, but we found that when we did so, the catered lunch we provided offered the speakers an opportunity to meet each other, and they peppered each other with questions and really enjoyed each other- some made connections they are still apparently enjoying today. Our last session, following lunch, covered the Pacific War, and two speakers truly stood out. The first, a Navy bomber crewman, was shot down on a remote island with some of his crew, who then had to fight off Japanese soldiers before being rescued by an American submarine weeks later. Our last speaker of the day was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and some brutal captivity in Japanese POW camps. The students sat in awed silence, and could not believe what they were hearing. Saving his story for last was an incredibly lucky way to end the day, and proved quite successful.
Overall, we discovered that we had too many speakers in too little time, and already we have been asked by our school administration to do another one next year.
If you or someone you know might be interested in helping our students learn about this period in history, please call Mr. David Traill at (772) 370-5552 or Mr. Steve Walton at (561) 254-2134.
Teacher Profile:David Traill, firstname.lastname@example.org
David is an IB History teacher at Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach, FL, has been teaching for 11 years. His interest in history and World War II came from growing up with a father in the Air Force. A graduate of Florida State and Florida Atlantic Universities, he is writing his first book about World War II during his spare time. David attended The National WWII Museum’s first International Conference on WWII in the fall of 2006.
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