This activity has proven to be very powerful and insightful in my past World History classes.
In short, each student is given a different card with a unique soldier's specific scenario (8 scenarios total). If you have a class of 24 students, for example, then each scenario will be covered individually by three students per card. This is not intended to be a group assignment.
After the student reads his/her card, he/she will then research the information to their character's specific situation, and then compose a letter back to the person who originally wrote the letter. See the PREVIEW for one example.
Students will share their letters (or only a few total) in class after every letter has been written by every student.
The bold-titled pages labeled "Letters Home:" are the actual letters that were sent (i.e. primary source documents). You may read these to the class after the students have written their letters, at your own discretion.
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