TITLE: HIStories - HERstories
4th - 8th grade
Students will use research skills to develop a personal interview with someone who was
involved in a war. Students will develop an awareness of point of view perspectives in the
English/Language Arts TEKS Addressed
(5.13) Reading/inquiry/research. The student inquires and conducts research using a
variety of sources. The student is expected to
(A) form and revise questions for investigations, including questions arising from
interest and units of study (4-5);
(B) use text organizers, including headings, graphic features, and tables of contents, to
locate and organize information (4-8);
(C) use multiple sources, including electronic texts, experts, and print resources, to
locate information relevant to research questions (4-8);
(D) interpret and use graphic sources of information such as maps, graphs, time lines,
tables, or diagrams to address research questions (4-5);
(E) summarize and organize information from multiple sources by taking notes, outlining
ideas, and making charts (4-8);
(F) produce research projects and reports in effective formats using visuals to support
meaning as appropriate (4-5);
(G) draw conclusions from information gathered from multiple sources (4-8); and
(H) use compiled information and knowledge to raise additional, unanswered questions
A collection of World War II letters to and from home.
Victory in Europe: The End of the War through the Eyes of a Teenager
A World War II story from a teenager's point of view.
Read "Kaycie's Story".
Read "Caitlin's Story".
Discuss what causes someone to chose life in the military. Use the links provided in the
resources section to read stories about others during the war. Also, read the comments
added to the Read Stories from Others
section of our web site. (guestlog.htm)
Develop interview questions designed to emphasize the narrator's point of view.
Why did you choose to fight?
Why did you choose this branch of the military?
Were you afraid you would be killed?
Did you miss anyone in particular while you were away?
What was your biggest fear?
Interview at least one person and organize interview notes in an outline format showing
sequence of events over time. Choose one of the following activities:
- Write an editorial piece for a newspaper recognizing the person's efforts
during the war.
- Create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the stories from the textbook
with your live interviews.
- Read Kaycie's Story and discuss his parents point of view when he asked to sign
up at the age of 14. Write a position paper on how old you should be before you should be
allowed to go to war. Defend your choice.
After sharing the point of view stories in class, create a chart showing which
branches of the military were represented. Develop skits which will exemplify the rivalry
between the different branches of the military.