Dear Mother: Synthesizing Historical Evidence

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It's one thing to read history, it's another to live it. Pupils examine secondary and primary sources that detail the training of soldiers before deployment. Then, they consider the impact of primary sources on how they understand the experiences of men and women who served.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Compare the secondary and primary source accounts of the training service men and women had during World War II
  • Extend the lesson by asking pupils to write a new secondary source essay after examining primary source resources
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of the larger series from the National WWII museum called "The Home Front"
Pros

  • Primary sources include intriguing images of letters
  • Voices include those of both men and women who served
Cons

  • None