SIXTH GRADE ESSAY CONTEST WINNER:
Robert Brown, Beers Street School, Hazlet, NJ
Sometimes in life, you will have to work with people that you don’t like. They may come across as annoying, or mean, but you realize you have no choice. Then, you might actually form an alliance, in order to accomplish the task at hand, and actually help each other throughout other hard times. In life, one often has to deal with conflict. That is how it pretty much was in WWII, for the United States, and for many other countries. They all found themselves in a position they were not very familiar with. Having to form alliances with countries they may not otherwise have a relationship with, all with the goal of protecting their common interests and defeating the axis powers. It must have been difficult for the US to form alliances with countries such as China, Poland, and the USSR, to name a few.
As an athlete you sometimes find yourself in a similar position. You may have teammates from different backgrounds, countries, or religious backgrounds. You might have coaches that you don’t like. But in the end, you put all of your emotions aside for a common goal. A victory! When you’re on the playing field, just like the battlefield, everyone on your team is your friend, or at least an alliance. You all have different responsibilities depending on the position you play. Some may play offense, some may be better at defense. You coach is your commanding officer, the person who makes the calls, just like in war. Sometimes, your coach may have a different way of approaching something, which is something that might occur during war. The best thing to do is to see what the best approach is, and remember that you are trying to help reach the same goal and it is important to not start an argument. Also, there may be some situation where you and a person from your biggest rivalry’s team might have to join together to accomplish an important task. In that case, the best thing to do is to stay focused and remember that you both are working to achieve the same goal. That is what the USA had to do with their alliances in WWII, and they couldn’t abandon them, no matter how intense they got.
The real lesson is that even if you have to do something with a person that you dislike or disagree with, if you stay focused on your common goal, you may be victorious in the end. I wonder how it was for the soldiers in WWII who had to work with men and women from different countries, which they really weren’t familiar with, to earn victory. I am glad the USA was able to form an alliance with some other nations and emerge victorious through WWII.
Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.
See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.
The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!
The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.
Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.