Olive Goodykoontz and World War II: Perspectives on War

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    Chandler resident Olive Goodykoontz kept a daily journal where she recorded happenings including events related to World War II and her feelings about the war. This lesson lets students sift through her journal entries to create a narrative of the war and its effects on the Chandler community. It takes a look at the homefront and a civilian's perspective of the war.  This lesson is part of Chandler Museum's Use Local, Teach National Lesson plan series.


    Lesson Plan


    Olive's Journals (typed transcriptions)

    Olive's Journals (copies of original)

    Online exhibit on Olive

    Making Sense of Letters and Diaries (from History Matters)


    This lesson was written with the help of Phillip Kennedy, teacher at Bogle Jr. High School.  It is aligned with Arizona State Curriculum Standards and Common Core for Eighth Grade and Eleventh Grade but can be adapted for use in other grade levels as needed. 

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