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“War may be good for a nation’s economy, but it’s horrible for a nation’s education.”

Matthew lynch, the edvocate

Dear educators, home-schooling parents, tutors, and fellow history nerds,

We’re pleased to offer lesson plans and educational resources for your classroom and general teaching needs. Featuring four episodes of Service, each lesson plan comes complete with pre-listening prediction questions, detailed episode listening guides, and additional printable worksheets with hyperlinked digital files for post-listening exploration and continuation.

Lessons are Common Core aligned and appropriate for use in a high school English-Language Arts or History classroom. Click here to read more about their creation and classroom specification, and stay tuned for lessons geared toward younger age groups.

Questions? Requests? Email us here.

Happy learning!

Jacqueline Raposo (producer and co-creator) and Katharine Rose Sabo (educator and co-creator)

Lesson plans

Episode 1: “We Gave Them the Food from our Mess Kits”

Veteran: Pat D’Ambrosio, Army

Summary: Overview of the Great Depression; introduction to the bombing of Pearl Harbor; observation on how one event immediately impacts individuals and communities; the draft; jobs in the Army; the Philippines and Japanese POWs; food as an intergenerational connecting point.

Episode Length: 27m

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Episode 1 Worksheets:

General worksheets for this episode:

Episode 5: Food Service Within the Service

William Walker. Navy

Veteran: William Walker, Navy

Summary: Cleveland during the Great Depression; racism in the 1930s and 1940s; the mistreatment of African Americans in factories, schools, and the armed forces; how food got transported via the Navy in WWII; Leyte Gulf and the Pacific theater; how Service in the armed forces can be a “great leveler”.

Episode Length: 28m

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Episode 5 Worksheets

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Episode 7: “Dad, I Can’t Talk About It”

Ep - Community episode!

A two-part episode featuring several Service veterans and veteran organizations.

Summary: An introduction to combat fatigue/PTSD in the armed forces; how soldiers are trained for combat; the value of community; what is narrative storytelling and how can it help veterans?; racial healing; how identity groups harm and help; how food can bring veterans and civilians together.

Episode Length: 50m total

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(transcript for episode pending)

Thank you to those involved in the Livingston County Veterans’ Monument, The Greatest Generations FoundationTuskegee Airmen Inc, the Japanese American Veterans Association, the Veterans Network Committee Honor Flight,  The Freedom Pantry For Veterans, and Sarah Sicard at Military Times for working with us for this episode.

Episode 7 Worksheets

General worksheets for this episode:

Episode 8: When You Look Like the Enemy

Ep 8 - Lawson Ichiro Sakai, Army

Veteran: Lawson Ichiro Sakai, Army

Summary: Japanese American farming; Japanese internment in WWII; the 442nd Regimental Combat Team; “Shikata ga nai”; food as identity; the Lost Battalion; the frontlines of Italy and France; eating and resupplying on the frontline; severe combat

Episode Length: 44m

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Episode 8 Worksheets

General worksheets for this episode:

Message a Service Veteran!

The Team

K. R. Sabo: (she/her) Originally from the East Coast, Katharine Rose Sabo took up rock climbing while a student at NYU. After graduation, she took off on a (part climbing) road trip across the country. After landing in California, she found her professional passion in the form of a small continuation school in the foothills of the Eastern Sierra so she went back to school, got her teaching credential, and has been learning from her students there ever since. She finds the California climate some consolation for the West Coast version of bagels and pizza. When not in the classroom, advocating for her students, or staying up too late to grade papers, write lesson plans, and read books, she enjoys hiking, biking, and paddle boarding with her husband and rescue dog.

Jacqueline Raposo: The producer of Service: Veteran Stories of Hunger and War, Jacqueline has taught classes in the creative arts for students from pre-school through middle school, playwriting for high schoolers, and speaking and performance classes for adults. She has a BFA from the University of Connecticut, which she puts into practice telling stories across mediums.

Here are a few good reads about children and education during WWII, just because we found them interesting:

  • Harsh Nazi Parenting Guidelines May Still Affect German Children of Today, by Anne Kratzer for Scientific American
  • Uncovering the Devastating Impact of WWII on American Education, by Matthew Lynch on The Edvocate
  • Operation Pied Piper: The Mass Evacuation of Children in London During WWII by Shannon Quinn on The History Collection