Explore World War II through the lens of literature! By reading and analyzing historical fiction, young students will gain insights into World War II, as well as an appreciation for elements of literature. Reading selections are carefully chosen from a list of award-winning novels intended for middle school audiences. The book selections present WWII from a worldwide perspective
Reluctant historians who love to read will find a path to understanding the past. History lovers who remain skeptical of literature study will find a gentle introduction to literary analysis. This interdisciplinary course will provide readers with diverse interests and backgrounds ample fodder for discussion, critical thinking, and creative response.
Books in this series may be easier to read and analyze than those studied in Lightning Lit 7 and 8, but some historical topics may be emotionally challenging for younger or more sensitive readers. LL7, LL8, and Historical Fiction classes may be taken in any order. This literature series complements the History of US series nicely. Minimal writing skills are required.
- fiction vs. reality
- European Theater in WWII
- Pacific Theater in WWII
- Nazi Germany
- The Holocaust
- Japanese Internment Camps
- Japanese Occupation of Korea
- U.S. Development of the Atomic Bomb
Learning activities include regular writing to communicate ideas via the discussion forum, videos and multimedia materials to support learning, use of web 2.0 tools to illustrate new concepts, and weekly participation in live webinars.
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
- Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
- The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
Most books are readily available at your local library or can be purchased online. Students are welcome to read electronic versions of books as well.
Note for sensitive readers: This class is designed to be appealing and academically appropriate for a wide range of ages. However, some historical topics may be emotionally challenging for younger or more sensitive students. The fictional protagonists face perilous journeys and some do not survive the dangers they face. Please review the book selections carefully to determine the appropriateness of this class for your student. In addition, if the overall class is appealing but a single book selection is concerning, students may skip the reading and associated webinars for that book.