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This Was War

Cynthia Youngblood
Santa Rosa District Schools


Using audio-visual equipment, students interview a veteran of a war or a person who lived while a war was happening.


The student applies a variety of response strategies, including rereading, note taking, summarizing, outlining, writing a formal report, and relating what is read to his or her own experiences and feelings.

The student locates, gathers, analyzes, and evaluates written information for a variety of purposes, including research projects, real-world tasks, and self-improvement.

The student writes text, notes, outlines, comments, and observations that demonstrate comprehension and synthesis of content, processes, and experiences from a variety of media.


-Pen or pencil
-Tape recorder
-Video camera


1. Using the class’s literature book, the teacher selects literary selection or selections that use war as the setting, or the teacher obtains a suitable literary selection for the grade level.
2. Teacher makes copies of “War Interview Questions” and the evaluation form to distribute to the students. (one per student)


1. The class reads a literary selection that uses a war as the setting. (I have used [A Separate Peace] by John Knowles in my tenth grade class and [Lord of the Flies] by William Golding in my twelfth grade class.)

2. After the reading of the literary selection, discuss the effects of war on individuals, especially war veterans.

3. Assign the “War Veteran Interview.” The explain to students that they will either interview a person who was directly involved in a war or a person who lived while a war was happening. The students will ask them specific questions about the time period. Students will be required to take notes, tape the interview on an audiocassette or videotape with the individual's permission, and create a one page, formal summary of the interview. (See attached file for sample questions to use during the interview.)

4. Student shares interview with the class by presenting a summary of his or her interview, playing audiocassette of interview or showing the videotape. (Some participants who have been interviewed agree to come to the class and share information. The students enjoy this.)

5. Assess the presentation. (See attached file for assessment suggestions.)


The student work is assessed for mastery using the rubric in the attached file.

Attached Files

War Veteran Interview Questions     File Extension: pdf

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