A Separate Peace

A Webquest

Fifteen years after leaving Devon School, Gene returns and reflects on his experiences as a sixteen-year-old boy attending the preparatory school in 1942 during World War II. Your job will be to create a time capsule for Gene that will help him remember the summer that changed his life. You will collect a variety of information on 1942. With the data you find, you will develop a list of items to include in a time capsule that will give an overall representation of the time.

To help Gene remember his life as a sixteen-year-old, find information that was relevant to his life at the time. Consider things like:
World War II The draft Political leaders Top songs Popular authors, singers, actors, etc. New inventions

New Hampshire Preparatory schools Fashion Search the websites provided and decide what will be important to Gene. Make a list of what you will include in the time capsule. Compile the materials to create a packet of resources. Use the material you find to create newspaper articles, maps, timelines, letters, journals, etc. to be saved in the time capsule. (See Evaluation.)

Be as elaborate as possible when creating your packet. (For example, rather then just including the name of a popular song, include the lyrics also if possible.) It is important to print pictures, but incorporate them creatively. You can also use your own artwork if it is appropriate. Do not feel limi ted to this list of items to include!!! Additional entries can only enhance your grade. Try to think of other forms of documentation to use -- creativity is a large portion of your grade. Remember that your entire class is completing this project. Make your project stand out from the rest!!!

http://www.exeter.edu/ Homepage of Exeter Academy. http://library.exeter.edu/dept/separate_peace/article.html Article by John Knowles discussing his time at Exeter. http://library.exeter.edu/dept/separate_peace/essay.html Photographic essay of the moods and setting of A Separate Peace. http://library.exeter.edu/dept/separate_peace/defense.html Description of Exeter's response to the coming of World War II. http://library.exeter.edu/dept/separate_peace/war.html Discussion of life at Exeter during World War II.

http://library.exeter.edu/dept/separate_peace/program.html Changes made at Exeter to meet special circumstances caused by the draft. http://library.exeter.edu/dept/separate_peace/labor.html How labor entered the curriculum at Exeter. http://library.exeter.edu/dept/separate_peace/knowles.html John Knowles discusses his novel. http://library.exeter.edu/dept/separate_peace/forties.html Faculty perspective of life at Exeter in the forties. http://newdeal.feri.org An educational website dedicated to the New Deal and surrounding times that contains links to speeches, photos, letters, and interviews. http://newdeal.feri.org/texts/subject.htm A subject index for the New Deal Network. May be useful to search for specific subjects. http://www.nisk.k12.ny.us/fdr/FDRcartoons.html Approximately 30,000 political cartoons about Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration. http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu Homepage for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum http://history1900s.about.com/library/photos/blyindexdepression.htm Photographs of the Great Depression. http://Propaganda.htm Links to World War II Propaganda & Poster Art http://www.nara.gov/nara/nn/nns/ww2photo.html Pictures from National Archives of World War II. http://www.davison.K12.mi.us/academic/hewitt9.htm Links to timelines and information on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the New Deal. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/fsowhome.html Photographs from the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection of America from 1935-1945. http://heismanmemorialtrophy.com/ Heisman Award winners.

http://cgi.pathfinder.com/time/special/moy/1942.html Article on Time 's man of the year. http://www.everblue.net/1942 Summary of battles in Pacific between U.S. Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy. http://members.aol.com/VRV1/index.html Information on Casablanca. http://classicfilm.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa070698.htm Information on Roy Rogers. http://classicfilm.miningco.com/library/weekly/bllistrw.htm A list of movies from various time periods. http://classicfilm.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa051798.htm A list of World War II movies. http://americanhistory.miningco.com/library/weekly/bl112897.htm Random facts about American history. http://www.classicar.com/bombsight/42.html Picture of a 1942 Buick. http://WhiteChristmas Lyrics to "White Christmas." http://www.filmsite.org/index.html A guide to the Oscars of 1942. http://www.choochoo.com/history/history.htm History of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. http://www.glennmillerorchestra.com/history.html Information on the Glen Miller Band.

As a concluding activity, select a couple of pieces from your time capsule that are outstanding. What makes them more impressive than the others? Be prepared to share these in class.

An "A" capsule must include at least: three newspaper articles a timeline of a year or two during WWII a journal with five entries from a teenager during the time – be creative – use historical situations and things from your research two advertisements a letter to or from Gene and its response four pictures used creatively in the other entries Lower grade capsules follow the same criteria as an "A" capsule but are missing: one required piece for a "B" two required pieces for a "C" three required pieces for a "D" any more than three missing pieces constitutes a failing grade A piece is considered to be one of the six required elements of an "A" capsule. Your time capsule will be graded on historical accuracy, creativity, thoroughness of research, and quality of presentation.
NOTE: Just having the required elements is not enough to earn a high grade. They must also be quality work!!! 70 pts total for project!