America in Wartime
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Grades: 6 - 12

Focus Area Description:  Explore 20th century wartime events firsthand as military veterans and those on the home front share their experiences.

Our current library of 77 videos in this Focus Area are available in the “Related” column to the right; to view them click a thumbnail and become a member of Educate.Today.

To see sample videos in this area of the collection, click any of the titles below:

New March 2023! The Value of Air Support on Troop Movement in World War II

Other Samples:
New January 2023! Flying the A4 Skyhawk and Bronco Fighter Jets
What was the Most Difficult Part of Serving in the Korean War?

Quick Ideas for Using our America in Wartime Videos:

  • Provide the videos for students to view independently to gain insights into any particular wartime period or to satisfy their own curiosity/interest in any particular wartime period.
  • Use the videos as a conversation starter for a class discussion on a topic, event, or person linked to the wartime period you are studying.
  • Use the videos with journal prompts for students to write about as they respond to/reflect on content included in the video.
  • Use the videos in class to show first person experiences in the wartime period you are studying.
  • Use the videos with lesson plans you create that have students research a particular time period, event, or person in wartime through secondary sources first and then gain first person perspective from the video. As part of the activity, have students evaluate how the primary source impacted their learning/understanding.
  • Have students use the videos to gain background knowledge on how to conduct, film, and edit an interview into a finished video and then create their own video interview with a local veteran/home front individual in your community as they study a particular wartime period.
  • As part of student research for a History Day project, paper, etc., have students view relevant videos to find primary source information they can use.
  • Have students include insights gained through the videos as part of their projects, papers, and presentations on a history-related subject by:
    • interpreting and/or summarizing what they saw and learned in the video.
    • citing quotations from the expert in the video.