Students will interview survivors from World War II.
To learn about America's role during and Americans perceptions of WWII.
To practice interview skills.
To understand the importance of civic responsibility.
To learn about America's role as a world power.
See preface material from 'Anne Frank in the World, 1929 - 1945 Teacher Workbook.'
Students should interview people they know that were alive during WWII. Questions might include:
Students might also interview local survivors or liberators about what they thought America knew and what they expected of the USA. Students might audio or video record the interviews and put together a class 'talk show' on the topic for other classes to use.
A second segment of the talk show might include interviews and commentary including a commentary about today's human rights abuses. Questions to consider include:
Finally, students could organize a school effort to educate others about current human rights abuses. A letter writing campaign informing our elected officials of student interest (while teaching civic responsibility) might also attract the press and thereby educate others.