“Give me a hand!” History Skits 1942-1945: Episodes from World War II
What educators are saying
These true World War II stories are of friendship, compassion, and survival. I'm grateful to the veterans who shared them.
As is my style, I wrote the ten stories into short skits and included background information for each one. Students will understand issues with clarity and emotionally connect with people - people who didn't end up in history books but whose actions shaped the times.
- How did an Oregon farmer help Japanese internees?
- Who inspired a wounded soldier to live?
- Where did an Italian “enemy alien” fall in love?
- When did a German POW realize that enemies can be friends?
Where are these used?
- History classrooms to help introduce an issue. For example, if a teacher wants students to understand why the British economy stayed afloat during the war, there is a skit that addresses that issue.
- English teachers have also pulled out skits, like the one having to do with Helen Keller.
- Drama teachers in schools or in the community have used the skits for Veteran's Day programs.
✦ ✦ ✦The book includes pages of fabulous teaching suggestions for history, English, music, or drama classrooms and can also be semi-performed or performed. (Performing rights included.)
Grades 8-12, adults
Find print copies on Amazon or the Wright Museum of World War II.
Teachers are saying...
✎“I highly recommend this book for use in the classroom. These story-scenes are particularly useful with group work. … The stories gave students the freedom to speak about issues from the point of view of the character they played, and that in turn, helped them relate to real world scenarios. I have used several resources by Ms. Locklear. They are all well-researched and well-written. This book is one of her best.” – Amazon customer
✎“I love the short length of the skits, which allowed for me to choose the time spent in class using this resource.” – Gwen H.
✎“History books give readers a vast overview of the events of World War II, which may be hard to relate to on a personal level. This book details the life and experience of several ordinary people and offers engaging skits for students to actually experience true but essentially unknown moments from the war. These skits and the detailed background information on them will enrich a reader’s understanding of regular people’s unique experiences and relationships. Fascinating and well-researched.” – Mary C.
✎"These uplifting story-skits include vivid pictures of compassionate interactions between enemies, strength and fortitude among survivors, and light-hearted pranks. Students are captivated." - Linda P.
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Educational Writer, Author, PK-12 certified teacher
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