Activities and Games
Create a WWII Memory Book: A World War II Remembered Activity
Students get a close, personal view of WWII by interviewing someone about their experience in the war, then writing his or her oral history.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Part of Scholastic’s World War II Remembered project, the "Create a WWII Memory Book" activity (grades 4–8) makes this historic event personal for students. What was it like to be a soldier who fought the battles? Or a student on her way to school while the war was going on? Students interview a relative or community member about the war’s impact on his or her life and write an oral history based on their research.
Publish a WWII Memory: This 7-step writing workshop helps students through the interviewing and writing process.
Step 1: Mini-Lesson: Students practice using quotation marks, necessary for writing an oral history.
Step 2: Prewrite: Students learn how to choose someone to interview, prepare for the interview, and conduct it.
Step 3: Draft: Now, they’re ready to organize their work and get their thoughts down on paper.
Step 4: Revise: Students get tips on how to improve their work.
Step 5: Edit: They check capitalization, organization, punctuation, and spelling and sentences.
Step 6: Review: It’s time for one final review of their work.
Students can also Read WWII Memories written by other students for inspiration.
While participating in the "Create a WWI Memory Book" activity, students will:
- Learn about World War II and the war's impact on daily life
- Write an oral history
- Become proficient with the interview process
- Use technology skills to navigate interactive Web activities and find information