Following a blended learning model, Student News Net has developed a “People of D-Day Resource Trunk” for middle school and high school students. The trunk includes:
- Two anchor books: The Boys of Pointe du Hoc by Douglas Brinkley and Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story by Irene Butter with John Bidwell and Kris Holloway
- Book Brief by Student News Net, a 35-page summary of The Boys of Pointe du Hoc
- D-Day Squadron content to include detailed information on the C-47 airplane, the North Atlantic Air Ferry Route, and content as the United States contingent of the “DAKS Over Normandy” flyover for the 75th anniversary
- Puzzle map of Europe in 1939
- Timeline for students to complete with stickers
- Sample V-mail form that can be printed, copied, and used by students just as soldiers and their families did during World War II
- People of D-Day spiral bound book with summaries and copies of primary source documents with links to related Student News Net and archived public domain video on this website
- Annotated, vetted bibliography for additional reading
- Teacher Guide
Service Learning Project
As an enhancement and outgrowth of the Resource Trunk, Student News Net will be facilitating a Service Learning Project to actively engage middle school students to share their knowledge with their fellow students and then act on that shared knowledge to benefit their school and broader community.
Middle school students and an adult advisor(s) are encouraged to form Little Dipper Minus Two clubs, a tribute to Anne Frank and her friends. Anne and four friends started a Little Dipper club but did not realize the Little Dipper had seven stars so they called their club the “Little Dipper Minus Two” club. This information is contained in the book, Searching for Anne Frank: Letters from Amsterdam to Iowa by Susan Goldman Rubin, published in 2003 (p. 47-48). Our idea for this service learning project resulted from reading Susan’s book.
Through this project, we will be offering a platform for online discussions, podcasts, and posts submitted by students telling stories of their relatives who are or were WWII/D-Day veterans or Holocaust survivors.
The project has three pillars. Those are:
- Students, with expert guidance from teachers and librarians, will curate a section in their school library with books and other resources on D-Day, WWII, and the Holocaust.
- Students will plan and lead an annual community event, at school or in the community, in early November around Kristallnacht (Nov. 9-10) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11) so they can share their knowledge with other students, their families, and the public, about D-Day, WWII, and the Holocaust.
- Students will volunteer in their community helping veterans and/or Holocaust survivors. Each club will choose the format for this volunteer activity.
For additional information on the trunk, please contact Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.