Learning World War II through skits

Posted on December 7, 2006 by

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Danielle Molnar
Staff Writer

Ms Kate Mitchell’s United States History (B) class is learning about World War II and Mitchell wants the students to realize that History can be fun.

Like many other History teachers, she often requires the students to act, or do press conferences, or simulations.  This time, they’re doing skits.

“We’re doing World War II skits to give kids an opportunity to see that learning the meaning of World War II terms can be fun,” Mitchell said.

The students will be required to do skits that will define World War II terms for others.  Each group must do two words.  For the first word, they are allowed to choose the setting and write a skit.  For the second, though, the teacher will draw a scene from only a few choices and students get around 1 minute to create a skit.

“It’s kind of like ‘Whose Line’,” Mitchell said.

After they perform their second skit, they have to show the class a pictoword describing the World War II term.  A pictoword is an image or symbol describing a word.  Students must place the word somewhere in the picture.

“World War II terms can be humorous as well,” Mitchell said.

The ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ approach to the terms, Mitchell hopes, will bring fun and learning into the environment. It will help students learn vocabulary in a new and exciting way.

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