"Give me a hand!"

History Skits 1942-1945: Little-Known Episodes from World War II

  • How did an Oregon farmer help Japanese internees?
  • Who inspired a wounded soldier to live?
  • Where did an Italian “enemy alien” fall in love?
  • When did a German POW realize that enemies can be friends?

These skits of friendship, compassion, and survival are true stories. Students will understand issues with clarity and emotionally connect with people.

Used as reader’s theater in history or English classes. Also popular for Veterans Day programs and in history-music-drama-dance productions.

Includes pages of fabulous teaching suggestions. Extensive background information.  10 skits. 51 pages. Grades 8-12.

For more information, read my blog post, Introducing “Give me a hand!” and click the LOOK INSIDE! button to the left!

REVIEWS

“These uplifting story-skits include vivid pictures of compassionate interactions between enemies, strength and fortitude among survivors, and light-hearted pranks. Students are captivated.” -Linda P., middle school teacher

“The stories gave students the freedom to speak about issues from the point of view of the character they played, and that in turn, helped them relate to real world scenarios. I have used several resources by Ms. Locklear. They are all well-researched and well-written. This book is one of her best.” – Amazon customer

“History books give readers a vast overview of the events of World War II, which may be hard to relate to on a personal level. This book details the life and experience of several ordinary people and offers engaging skits for students to actually experience true but essentially unknown moments from the war. These skits and the detailed background information on them will enrich a reader’s understanding of regular people’s unique experiences and relationships. Fascinating and well-researched.” – Amazon customer

“I love the short length of the skits, which allowed for me to choose the time spent in class using this resource.” – Gwen H.

“Programs featuring these skits are unique and refreshing for the audience, and obviously stimulating and loads of fun for students.” Dr. Clyde T., choral director

Highlights & Features

Buy at Herringbone Books, OR (print)Buy on Amazon (print)Also sold at Wright Museum of World War II (NH)

These uplifting story-skits include vivid pictures of compassionate interactions between enemies, strength and fortitude among survivors, and light-hearted pranks. Students are captivated.

Linda Plantmiddle school teacher