Living through World War II

World War II continued the trend towards “total” warfare that began in WWI. Modern technology and the sheer scale of troop mobilization meant that non-combatants could no longer remain safely behind the lines. All civilians, including women and children, experienced changes in their daily lives throughout the duration of the war.

  1. Choose an aspect of life, other than the fighting itself, that changed during World War II. History.comPBS.com, and NPS.gov are good places to start your search. Research your chosen aspect of life.
  2. Create a product to inform an audience about the aspect of life you’ve selected. Your product should be creative, not simply a written description. Newspapers, movies, TV  documentaries, and the radio were popular media in the WWII period (the 1930s-1940s) For example, you might create an advertisement, a news article, a short presentation, or an infographic.  They should reflect the time and culture of the period. 
  3. Your product should address the following questions:
    • What aspect of life did you select?
    • Who experienced this aspect of life?
    • What changed? How?
    • How did this change support the war effort?