Journal writing was a very important part of the World War II homefront. Anne Frank, the young girl who hid from the Nazis in a house in the Netherlands, wrote a diary of her life while in hiding which has become the most famous source information as to what it was like living in constant fear during the Nazi occupation.
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(If you do this off-line, you can print out the fates, cut them out, and draw them randomly.)
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|September 1943. Working alone or with a group, develop the personalities of each of the family members. Are the members of your family optimistic about the war, gullible, sarcastic, artistic:? Using the Fates Applet, select two fates and then describe how family members reacted to the events and how they feel about other family members.||Choose any significant date in the years 1943 and 1944. Visit the Timeline and Encyclopedia to learn more about one of the events from this time period. Using the Fates Applet, select two fates and then describe how family members reacted to the historical events and/or the fates.||Write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper concerning any aspect of life during the war. Your opinion could be positive of negative. The topic does not necessarily have to pertain to the homefront; other social or economic issues could also be the topic.|
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