What was it actually like being a female industrial worker during WWII? The Rosie the Riveter poster is an iconic representation of the vigorous work and selfless sacrifice females contributed to the American war effort. But what do we actually know about the millions of women who labored in wartime factories and shipyards? With this historical investigation, students will come to appreciate the sweat, struggles, and successes of the "Real Rosies."
Throughout the investigation, students will:
1) Partake in a Bell Ringer opening analysis, formulating one word to succinctly describe what the Rosie the Riveter poster represents to them.
2) Watch a quick video clip of the history behind the poster.
3) Hypohtesize what it was truly like to be a female industrial worker during WWII.
4) Research and collect evidence from a variety of historical sources regarding women's experiences in the wartime workforce, including oral histories.
5) Synthesize an evidence-based paragraph about the realities of being a "Real Rosie" during the WWII era.
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