World War II Scrapbook
US History Project
The Scene: It’s 1945 and World War II has finally ended. It is time for you to put your memories, good and/or bad, together. Many of your most vivid memories will be captured for your children and grandchildren to look at in the years to come.
The Task: Your assignment is to create an authentic looking scrapbook to share with your children and grandchildren. As you design your scrapbook, consider these factors:
- World War II had an enormous impact on the culture and society of the United States.
- Why was there a Second World War?
- Why and how did Americans sacrifice for World War II?
Choose a Character: Select from the list below, or develop your own character.
In the War: Choose a theater of war, a branch of the military, and a particular period of two ears. You can be a soldier, nurse, officer, liberators of a specific concentration camp, aide to a general, etc…
- The Pacific (many of the soldiers were in the Army Air Force)
- Western Europe
- North Africa (You will probably need to include events relating to both the US and British Campaigns)
- Italy (Again, you will probably need to include events relating to both the US and British Campaigns)
- A WAVE (Woman Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service)
- A WAAC (WAC) (Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps)
- A WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilot)
On the Home Front:
- A soldier’s sweetheart following him in a specific theater of war through his letters and the news media
- A Japanese-American about to be “relocated”
- A Rosie-the-Riveter type female worker
- A scientist (or other worker) on a top secret project at Los Alamos
- A teen whose older brother signed up to fight in the war
- An air raid warden
Include the Following:
- A description or timeline of the major events of the two years you are following (ten major events)
- 5 authentic and relevant historic photographs
- 3 actual news clippings
- 1 personal letter - created & written by you, based on historical fact
- 1 document relevant to your experience during the period (speech, legislation, poster, etc.)
- 3 artifacts with explanations. These might include: images of your weapons, drawings, political cartoons, and invitation, medals images, mock ups of draft notices, representations of clothing, badges posters, currency, your ship, your tank, your factory, your buddies, etc.
- Every item in your scrapbook should be date and annotated with at least a paragraph explaining its importance...made relevant to your whenever possible/appropriate.
- Your works cited page should appear in the back of your scrapbook.
Though your stories should be historically accurate, feel free to be creative!!
There are many websites loaded with all the information you could possibly need to complete this project.Click HERE to be directed to a website where this project idea came from. When you scroll to the bottom you will find a list of related links you may use to find everything you will need to include in your scrapbook. Happy Creating!!