The text I would like to use in my final project is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Since I am interested in having students examine history as a memory, combining local with national and world history, the story of a young pilot would allow students to look at these aspects through a personal narrative. His story combines the personal with the national and extends the commentary to broader historical questions.
Students will examine the text through close reading, asking questions, collecting quotes, and keywords. They then will research other places in the war, listen to interviews with WWII veteran pilots, and read transcripts to ask questions and draw conclusions regarding the effects of the war on the war and on the home-front from the perspective of the pilots and the people who remained home.