Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Writing About Women's War Efforts
Allow students time, at home, in the library, or during computer lab class, to review all the clips on the topic Canadian Women in the Second World War on the CBC Digital Archives website. Special attention should be given to the clips"Wueen asks Canadian women to help war effort," "Homemaking during wartime," "Canada's own 'Rosie,'" "The women who serve that men may fly," "Canadian women serving overseas," "Nurses face danger and death" and "Spitfires in the rhododendrons."
Outline The Opportunity
Students will compose a short story based on their review of the topic on the CBC Archives site. They can search online for what constitutes the basic elements of a short story. The story must include a protagonist and an antagonist placed in a specific setting from the Second World War. Students may employ the peer editing process and should complete at least two edited drafts before writing their final version.
Revisit and Reflect
Have students share their stories with the class. They may read them or have another student read them, or you may have them available for students to read over several days. After most students have had the chance to read or hear other stories, ask them to discuss as a class which stories affected them and why.
Students can submit their work to a writing contest or for publication in the local newspaper. Consider contacting Veterans Affairs Canada to invite a female veteran to come in and speak of her war experiences.