Monday, June 13, 2011
Primary Sources Teaching Kit World War II by Sean Price
The rest of the book contains the also reproducible primary source documents (see example below), beginning with pages from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, his plan for Germany written before he seized power. Using Hitler's book is something I have never seen before in other workbooks, but I think it is important to understand an enemy and how he thinks. Other topics covered are the Hitler Youth, movies and songs of the time, Auschwitz, and Roosevelt’s Day of Infamy speech, including his handwritten changes and corrections.
This workbook also includes a timeline, a glossary and two reproducible world maps and a wonderful K-W-L chart for students use.
The real value of this book lies in the teacher’s ability to go beyond what is covered and include topics of their choice, while still using the basic ideas and document evaluation page. This also means that the teacher can use it with older students who are ready for more complex topics of the war.
I really liked this book when I found it. I think most students enjoy history much more when they are actively engaged with it. I know my own imagination really took off when I saw this useful workbook.
Primary Sources Teaching Kit World War II was published by Scholastic in 2004 and may not be easy to purchase, but can certainly be gotten through a school’s or public library’s InterLibraryLoan program.
This book is recommended for readers age 10-14
This book was borrowed from the Mid-Manhattan branch of the NYPL
Non-fiction Monday is hosted this week by Books Together