Students will be fully engaged with this World War II – Choose Your Own Adventure. What makes this different is all the situations and places mentioned in this adventure were real. These scenarios were built from primary sources and/or first-hand or historical account of the events. But what makes this fun and engaging for students are the multiple historical paths they can pick.
Here are the possible situations your student will learn about:
· Life as a Conscience Objector
· Serving as a guard at an Internment camp in Idaho
· Serving as an army medic in Europe
· Liberation of the Kaufering Concentration camp
· Participating in medical experiments tied to the war.
WHAT IS THIS?
Students will live through the Second World War through the lens of a young person, facing many possibilities. Some students will choose to join the army, some students will choose not to fight but instead become Conscientious Objectors. But from there, they will make more choices. Some will be assigned overseas, while others stay home, and others will guard Japanese Americans at internment camps.
Students will move through different scenarios. And depending upon their choices, they will have different outcomes. Some will return home permanently wounded. Others will come face to face with the enemy. While others will see prejudices on the Homefront.
All the details in this activity are based upon primary sources and first-hand accounts. No scenario in this activity is fictional. All these events occurred and the places mentioned in the Adventure are real.
Some of the pages have external video links. These links provide engaging, short videos to increase students learning about a particular subject.
HOW TO PRESENT THIS ACTIVITY?
Teachers are allowed to copy and share this adventure with their students only. I would recommend this activity ONLY if your school has Google Classroom, Edmodo, or some other LMS, so it could be shared with the students. Then they can go through the adventure individually.
HOW TO CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING AND LEARNING?
1) After assigning the Choose Your Own Adventure, have students share in a small team what they learned, and what they thought was interesting. Then have them participate in an all-class discussion. To get the class to understand the different adventures, assignment some groups the “Volunteer to serve in the Army”, while other groups are assignments the “Become a Conscientious Objector” path. Then after groups completed the adventure, have them share with the class.
2) Complete the adventure as a class. This might be fun, or a little crazy. Present the presentation on the project via the teacher’s computer. As the class decides what the next step should be. As you complete the adventure as a class, you may ask student questions, play the videos, or provide for other insightful information.
3) I have also included a short worksheet for students to complete as they complete their own adventure. This includes six short answer questions. After students completed the adventures, have students share their thoughts and answers from the worksheet.