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28+ ‘World War II’ Writing Prompts

Through Her Eyes

Through Her Eyes

Write a journal entry from the perspective of a woman in a specific historical event.

Christmas Journey Through Time

Christmas Journey Through Time

Detail an imaginary Christmas journey through different historical periods.

Puzzle of the Enigma Machine

Puzzle of the Enigma Machine

You are a talented cryptologist recruited to decode the decrypted messages from the enemy during World War II.

The Unseen Patriot

The Unseen Patriot

Imagine you are a double agent in World War II, working to mislead enemy forces while all along being true to your homeland.

The Soldier’s Letter

The Soldier’s Letter

Create a fictional letter from a soldier in World War II, writing to his beloved on Valentine’s Day.

Secrets in the Attic

Secrets in the Attic

While rummaging through the attic, your character stumbles across a series of letters exchanged between their grandparents during World War II.

Post-War Reflections

Post-War Reflections

Write a letter to Winston Churchill discussing his role in World War II.

Hidden Letters from War

Hidden Letters from War

Narrate the story of a soldier or a nurse in World War II through a series of letters written to their loved ones.

WWII from a child’s perspective

WWII from a child’s perspective

Imagine you are a child during World War II. What are your greatest fears and hopes?

The Crypto Chronicles

The Crypto Chronicles

Write about a historical codebreaker during World War II who stumbles upon information not meant for his eyes.

Wartime Sacrifices

Wartime Sacrifices

Pen a letter from a soldier during World War II to his family back home detailing his experiences and emotions.

Parade for the End of War

Parade for the End of War

Describe what you see and feel after World War II ends.

Ringing in the Past

Ringing in the Past

Craft a narrative about celebrating New Year’s Eve during a pivotal historical era.

Rosie’s Revelation

Rosie’s Revelation

Create a short tale about a factory working women during World War II realizing her potential.

Unsung Heroines of WWII

Unsung Heroines of WWII

Narrate a tale of an unheralded female spy during World War II.

World War II Liberation

World War II Liberation

Write from the perspective of a soldier liberating a concentration camp during World War II.

Alien Invasion During World War II

Alien Invasion During World War II

Write a story featuring aliens landing on Earth amidst the turmoil of World War II.

Anachronistic Adventures

Anachronistic Adventures

Write a fairy tale about a character from a past era suddenly appearing in a more recent period.

Children of the Holocaust

Children of the Holocaust

Portray the life of a Jewish child living in a concentration camp during World War II.

The Nurse’s Apparition

The Nurse’s Apparition

A World War II nurse haunts the abandoned hospital where she once served.

The Pigeon of War

The Pigeon of War

Write a story about a carrier pigeon carrying the wrong message behind enemy lines during WWII.

WWII: Personal Perspectives

WWII: Personal Perspectives

Imagine you are a soldier in World War II, pen down a diary entry expressing your thoughts and experiences.

Historical Flight Deck

Set your story on an aircraft carrier during a significant historical event, detailing how the crew responds to the pressure and impact of the event.

Anime Through Decades

Anime Through Decades

Explore how different eras have influenced the themes, style, and storytelling methods of anime.

Hitler’s Defeat in World War I

Hitler’s Defeat in World War I

What if Adolf Hitler was killed by a British soldier during World War I?

War Memoirs

War Memoirs

Write a poem centered on a noteworthy battle or war.

Letters from the Front Line

During World War II, write a series of letters from a soldier on the frontline to their loved ones at home.

The Silent Witness

The Silent Witness

Narrate a historical event from the viewpoint of a common animal at that time.

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Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by Historical Events

by Melissa Donovan | Oct 24, 2023 | Creative Writing Prompts | 12 comments

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Creative writing prompts inspired by historical events.

Today’s prompts include selections from the book 1200 Creative Writing Prompts . Enjoy!

Nonfiction writers are obviously inspired by the real world, but fiction writers and poets also take inspiration from real people and events.

Wars, scandals, scientific advances, and famous figures in history have all been represented in every form of writing.

Works of fiction that resonate best with readers contain a kind of truth, a reflection of our own real experiences. That’s why looking to the events of history for story ideas is a great way to inspire a writing session. And of course, poetry takes inspiration from everything in the universe. While personal experiences may be more popular sources of inspiration, some incredible poems and stories have been triggered by real events throughout history.

Writing Prompts

You can use these creative writing prompts to write anything you want — a poem, a short story, a blog post, or a journal entry. The idea is to find the prompt that speaks to you and then start writing.

  • In a country that rants and raves about freedom, the government decides that its people should not be allowed to drink liquor. Write a story set during Prohibition in the United States.
  • The Great Depression filled the space between America’s Prohibition (which was still in effect during the Depression) and World War II. The Depression affected the entire world. Well-to-do people lost everything and found themselves standing in food lines. Ordinary people went to extraordinary measures to get a meager meal. Meanwhile, someone, somewhere profited.
  • World War II gave rise to what journalist Tom Brokaw called “the greatest generation.” Create a cast of compelling characters and write a story showing how circumstances forced them to become great.
  • The entertainment industry boomed in the twentieth century. Technology changed entertainment from an attraction you paid to see in a theater or other public setting to something you could enjoy from the comfort of your home. Every home had a radio. Black-and-white silent films evolved into Technicolor talkies. Now we have the Internet. Write a story centered on entertainment technologies of the past.
  • Spaceships, planes, and men on the moon: We started out traveling around on foot. Then some clever Neanderthal invented the wheel. Now, we soar through the skies and tear through space. Write a story about a long journey set in an era when planes, trains, and automobiles weren’t readily available.
  • The 1960s gave us Civil Rights, Woodstock, and the space race. What happens when a nation’s people are divided? What happens when minorities of people are oppressed? What happens when ordinary kids decide they don’t want to grow up and become just like their parents? Mix in the fact that there’s a war nobody understands and most people don’t believe in. Add drugs, flowers, and peace signs, and you’ve got the sixties. Write a story set during this iconic decade.
  • Write a story that is set around the assassination of an important, benevolent, historical figure: for example, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, JFK, or John Lennon.
  • Revolution could be defined as a war between a state and its people. Revolution often occurs when people are oppressed to the point of mass suffering. Choose one such revolution from history and write a story about the people who launched it.
  • Throughout history, people have emigrated across land and ocean. Choose a time period of heavy human migration. Then choose a starting place and a destination and write the story of a character or group of characters who take the voyage. Focus on the journey, not the place of origin or the destination.
  • The 1950s are often painted as a simple and idealistic time in American history. One income could support an entire family. Jobs were plentiful. Moms stayed home with their kids. Divorce was scandalous. Write about a protagonist who didn’t fit the mold, whose life was difficult because of the cultural and societal conventions of the time.

Good luck with these creative writing prompts! Have fun and don’t forget to come back and tell us how they worked for you.

Got any writing prompts of your own to share or add to this list? Leave a comment.

Creative Writing Prompts


Benjamin Gorman

Great ideas for prompts. I’ll be stealing these for my Creative Writing class. Here’s one I came up with for a poetry class I’m teaching this summer. Feel free to try it and give it a more thorough explanation here, if you like it. essentially, the writer goes through his or her twitter feed or Facebook status updates and writes a list of the interesting verbs and nouns, then puts them together in interesting ways to form found poetry or story ideas. Here’s the list I came up with:


Melissa Donovan

Hi Benjamin. I like the idea of getting word lists from Twitter and using them to prompt a writing session. Thanks for sharing!


Almost every time when I read scientific news I get ideas for my book set in far future. Or when I look at space pictures from Hubble. Sometimes I simply can’t enjoy reading the articles itself – ideas, ideas are coming! 🙂

I know the feeling! I was researching outer space just this weekend. Sometimes, I get so many ideas, it takes me a few days to work out which ones I should use!


I found this very interesting. Woodstock caught my eye because although I was not there the music is from my generation. My mind is overflowing with possibilities………….

Ooh, cool. Woodstock was before my time, but I’m fascinated by the Woodstock culture. There are definitely stories to be told there! Good luck with yours!

Kelvin Kao

And isn’t it convenient that history just repeats itself? 😉


I suppose it could include events in one’s own life? Pretty potent events inspired my entry into fiction.

Of course. Some of the best inspiration comes from real-life experiences.

Jesse Byron

Speaking of cultural movements, does it seem to anyone else that America has entered a sort of post-Romantic era?

This is from Britannica : “Introspection was inevitable in the literature of an immediately Post-Romantic period, and the age itself was as prone to self-analysis as were its individual authors.”

I don’t think I’d use that description to describe what is happening in America right now. I would call this a divisive era. Dark, dystopian works seem to be popular juxtaposed against commercial art that could be construed as shallow or meaningless ( Hunger Games v. Fifty Shades ). In fact, one might say that there is a struggle between materialism and meaning. We could also call it the post-technology age, where we are challenged to adjust to a new system in which we rely heavily on technology and it has cost lots of jobs.

What a great question, Jesse. It’s given me much to think about. I do believe we are on the cusp of some new era. We live in fascinating times!

V.M. Sang

Great ideas. Many thanks. I’m filing this.

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Writing World War II

In an international war, military repercussions and the consequences of violence are inevitable. But world war takes a toll in many other ways, affecting not only military and strategic targets, but also cultural and creative leaders, thought leaders, artists, and ordinary citizens. As a relatively new international human rights organization, less than 20 years old by this time, and struggling against its charter to remain apolitical, PEN tried to intervene in a cultural struggle which grew as deadly as some military actions. From 1939 to 1945 as the war raged, PEN worked to secure asylum, to intervene on behalf of writers, to provide supplies and eventually to participate in government sponsored efforts to fight fascism and totalitarianism. As PEN tried to help writers across the globe, the organization was sometimes constrained by the legacies of imperialism that helped to create it.

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Letter from Isaac Lamdan of the Hebrew PEN Club in Palestine to the 11th International Congress of PEN Clubs, Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia. May 19, 1933.

PEN Records 78.8

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Draft of letter from Hermon Ould to Joseph Goebbels regarding the imprisonment of Ludwig Renn. January 31, 1934.

PEN Records 20.1

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Letter from Ernst Toller and three other German writers addressed to the PEN International Secretary and Executive Committee. December 15, 1933.

PEN Records 70.1

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English PEN Executive Committee Minutes segment "PEN and the Crisis." September 28, 1938.

PEN Records 235.6

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Letter from Hermon Ould to Audrey Mildmay Christie. October 19, 1938.

PEN Records 10.5

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Two poems by Haitian writer and activist Jacques Roumain. 1935.

PEN Records 77.2

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List of PEN Centres in British Isles and Abroad. September 1944.

PEN Records 77.1

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List of Centres of the International PEN. May 1945.

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Speech delivered by Polish writer Kazimierz Wierzyński at the American PEN Center meeting. November 15, 1944.

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Speech delivered by American writer Robert Sherwood at the American PEN Center meeting. November 15, 1944.

PEN and the Turn to Politics

Throughout the war, PEN responded using the traditional methods of protest via correspondence and activism through speeches and public comments. But some members aligned themselves with organized government efforts to fight the cause. Some efforts, such as the Writers' War Board, actively engaged in the war by producing material in the form of scripts for productions to be screened in schools and colleges. Their goal, overtly stated in their first report, was to "create a liaison between writers and government agencies to obtain written work that will directly or indirectly help to win the war." Some writers heartily engaged in these efforts. But others were more reluctant, and believed that some of the writer-produced items of war propaganda were not sufficiently anti-Nazi. They feared they would be judged over time for half-hearted or politically insufficient efforts. PEN joined the effort of many writers and artists who tried to find a way to link their work and access to a public platform to the war effort.

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Speech delivered by English author W. Somerset Maugham at the American PEN Center meeting. November 15, 1944.

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Production budget summary for war bond short film titled Nurse's Aide Short #2 by Vanguard Films, Inc. October 4, 1944.

David O. Selznick Collection 3716

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Inter-Office Communication from E. L. Scanlon to David O. Selznick regarding U.S. War Savings Bonds. July 3, 1942.

David O. Selznick Collection 329

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Cover of exhibit catalog Norman Bel Geddes: War Maneuver Models Created for Life Magazine by the Museum of Modern Art . 1944.

Norman Bel Geddes Theater and Industrial Design Papers Box 35, Folder 499.4

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Homemaker's War Guide poster distributed by the U.S. Office of War Information. 1942.

War Posters Art Collection Call No. 85.170.96

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Letter from Henry de La Falaise to Gloria Swanson. October 21, 1940.

Gloria Swanson Papers 36.7

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War correspondent identification card issued by the U.S. Adjutant-General's Office for American writer John Steinbeck. June 8, 1943.

John Steinbeck Collection 11.4

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Photograph of American troops landing on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France by Robert Capa. June 6, 1944.

Magnum Photos, Inc. Photography Collection OV Box 1079, Folder 13

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Photograph of pre-dawn launching of U.S. Navy maneuvers during World War II by Edward Steichen. 1943.

Edward Steichen Photography Collection Call No. 974:0255:0051

Contributions to Hollywood – Film Industry Efforts during World War II

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Cover of World War II publication Dispatch from Disney's , "published for employees in the services by employees at Walt Disney Productions." 1943.

David O. Selznick Collection 3452.2

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Pages from Writers' War Board First Annual Report . December 9, 1942.

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Photograph of wartime street scene in London by Carl Mydans. 1939.

Carl Mydans Photography Collection Call No. 2005:0025:0016

PEN in South Africa

The effort to include South Africa within the activities of PEN was a move toward geographic diversity, and to resituate some of their activism on behalf of writers outside Europe. But because the South African centre was Afrikaans-speaking, the only writers included were white, and their work reflected the same Eurocentric influences of writers already included under the PEN umbrella. This reflected the societal structures and racial hierarchies of the 1940s, but it can also be interpreted as a lost opportunity for inclusion that PEN could have initiated.

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Letter from Hermon Ould to C. Louis Leipoldt, Cape Town, South Africa. September 15, 1937.

PEN Records 54.2

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"Mrs. Paul Robeson Looks at South Africa," book review clipping from South Africa magazine. July 27, 1946.

PEN Records 79.10

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"Book exhibition at South Africa House," news clipping from South Africa magazine. December 28, 1946.

Legacies of the War

While the fight with Germany, Japan, and the other Axis powers against the rise of tyranny seems necessary to end the threat of fascism, the legacy of the war also prompted certain beginnings. PEN would take up new questions sparked by some resolved as well as unresolved issues after the war. As countries took sides in what became Cold War disputes, new questions emerged in eastern Europe, east versus west Germany, and in the Middle East.

Aftermath of Exile

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Curriculum vitae of Otto von Habsburg. October 1963.

PEN Records 155.3

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"End of the Hapsburg Exile?," clipping of article by Annelise Schultz from the Weekend Telegraph . April 9, 1965.

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Two letters from Paul Holborow of the Anti Nazi League to the English PEN Centre. July 17 and 24, 1978.

PEN Records 210.1

Postwar Reconstruction

In the effort to both reorganize after World War II and to continue the work of advocating on behalf of writers around the world, PEN opened centres in Cuba and Egypt, and rebuilt the PEN Japan Centre.

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PEN Japanese Centre brochure. 1950.

PEN Records 79.1

New Conflicts: Israel

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"PEN won't debate anti-Israel motion," news clipping from the Jerusalem Post . June 19, 1971.

PEN Records 143.1

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Telegram from the President of Israel PEN to David Carver. May 3, 1971.

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Students are often required to write a paper on a topic as broad as World War II , but you should know that the instructor will expect you to narrow your focus to a specific thesis. This is especially true if you are in high school or college. Narrow your focus by making a list of words, much like the list of words and phrases that are presented in bold type below. Then begin to explore related questions and come up with your own cool WWII topics. The answer to questions like these can become a good starting point for a thesis statement .

Culture and People

When the U.S. entered into war, everyday life across the country changed drastically. From civil rights, racism, and resistance movements to basic human needs like food, clothing, and medicine, the aspects of how life was impacted are immense.

  • African-Americans and civil rights. What impact did the war years have on the rights of African-Americans? What were they allowed or not allowed to do?
  • Animals. How were horses, dogs, birds, or other animals used? Did they play a special role?
  • Art. What art movements were inspired by wartime events? Is there one specific work of art that tells a story about the war?
  • Clothing. How was fashion impacted? How did clothing save lives or hinder movement? What materials were used or not used?
  • Domestic violence. Was there an increase or decrease in cases?
  • Families. Did new family customs develop? What was the impact on children of soldiers?
  • Fashion. Did fashion change significantly for civilians? What changes had to be made during wartime?
  • Food preservation. What new preservation and packaging methods were used during and after the war? How were these helpful?
  • Food rationing. How did rationing impact families? Were rations the same for different groups of people? Were soldiers affected by rations?
  • Love letters. What do letters tell us about relationships, families, and friendships? What about gender roles?
  • New words. What new vocabulary words emerged during and after WWII?
  • Nutrition. Were there battles that were lost or won because of the foods available? How did nutrition change at home during the war because of the availability of certain products?
  • Penicillin and other medicine. How was penicillin used? What medical developments occurred during and after the war?
  • Resistance movements. How did families deal with living in an occupied territory?
  • Sacrifices. How did family life change for the worse?
  • Women's work at home. How did women's work change at home during the war? What about after the war ended?

Economy and Workforce

For a nation that was still recovering from the Great Depression, World War II had a major impact on the economy and workforce. When the war began, the fate of the workforce changed overnight, American factories were repurposed to produce goods to support the war effort and women took jobs that were traditionally held by men, who were now off to war.

  • Advertising. How did food packaging change during the war? How did advertisements change in general? What were advertisements for?
  • Occupations. What new jobs were created? Who filled these new roles? Who filled the roles that were previously held by many of the men who went off to war?
  • Propaganda. How did society respond to the war? Do you know why?
  • Toys. How did the war impact the toys that were manufactured?
  • New products. What products were invented and became a part of popular culture? Were these products present only during war times, or did they exist after?

Military, Government, and War

Americans were mostly against entering the war up until the bombing of Pearl Harbor, after which support for the war grew, as did armed forces. Before the war, the US didn't have the large military forces it soon became known for, with the war resulting in over 16 million Americans in service.   The role the military played in the war, and the impacts of the war itself, were vast.

  • America's entry into the war. How is the timing significant? What factors are not so well known?
  • Churchill, Winston. What role did this leader play that interests you most? How did his background prepare him for his role?
  • Clandestine operations. Governments went to great lengths to hide the true date, time, and place of their actions.
  • Destruction. Many historic cities and sites were destroyed in the U.K.—Liverpool, Manchester, London, and Coventry—and in other nations.
  • Hawaii. How did events impact families or society in general?
  • The Holocaust. Do you have access to any personal stories?
  • Italy. What special circumstances were in effect?
  • " Kilroy was here ." Why was this phrase important to soldiers? 
  • Nationalist Socialist movement in America. What impact has this movement had on society and the government since WWII?
  • Political impact. How was your local town impacted politically and socially?
  • POW camps after the war. Where were they and what happened to them after the war? Here's a starting point: Some were turned into race tracks after the war!
  • Prisoners of war. How many POWs were there? How many made it home safely? What were some long-lasting effects?
  • Spies. Who were the spies? Were they men or women? What side were they on? What happened to spies that were caught?
  • Submarines. Were there enemy submarines on a coast near you? What role did submarines play in the war?
  • Surviving an attack. How were military units attacked? How did it feel to jump from a plane that was disabled?
  • Troop logistics. How were troop movements kept secret? What were some challenges of troop logistics?
  • Views on freedom. How was freedom curtailed or expanded?
  • Views on government's role. Where was the government's role expanded? What about governments elsewhere?
  • War crime trials. How were trials conducted? What were the political challenges or consequences? Who was or wasn't tried?
  • Weather. Were there battles that were lost or won because of the weather conditions? Were there places where people suffered more because of the weather?
  • Women in warfare. What roles did women play during the war? What surprises you about women's work in World War II?

Technology and Transportation

With the war came advancements in technology and transportation, impacting communications capabilities, the spread of news, and even entertainment.

  • Bridges and roads. What transportation-related developments came from wartime or postwar policies?
  • Communication. How did radio or other types of communication impact key events?
  • Motorcycles. What needs led to the development of folding motorcycles? Why was there widespread use of military motorcycles by the government?
  • Technology. What technology came from the war and how was it used after the war?
  • TV technology. When did televisions start to appear in homes and what is significant about the timing? What TV shows were inspired by the war and how realistic were they? How long did World War II affect TV programming?
  • Jet engine technology. What advances can be traced to WWII needs?
  • Radar. What role did radar play, if any?
  • Rockets. How important was rocket technology?
  • Shipbuilding achievements. The achievements were quite remarkable during the war. Why and how did they happen?

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World War 2 Essay: Outline + 100 WW2 Research Topics

This time you have to write a World War II essay, paper, or thesis. It means that you have a perfect chance to refresh those memories about the war that some of us might forget.

So many words can be said about the war in that it seems you will simply get lost in a variety of WW2 research topics and questions.

Still, you do not know what to write about in your World War 2 essay for middle school. Of course, you may look through several free essays in search of ideas. However, you may find our suggestions interesting or get instant writing help right here.

  • 🔝 Top 10 Topics
  • 🎓 Essay Topics for Student
  • 🎖️ WW2 Argumentative Essay Topics
  • 💡 More Topic Examples
  • 📑 Outline Examples
  • 💁 General Info

🔗 References

🔝 top 10 ww2 essay topics.

  • Was the battle of Dunkirk a failure?
  • WWII technologies that changed our lives
  • The outcome of the Nuremberg trials
  • Medical experiments during the Holocaust
  • Battle of Midway as a turning point in WWII
  • Why is penicillin a wonder of World War 2?
  • Why is the Bataan Death March a war crime?
  • The impact of propaganda during WWII
  • Racial segregation in the armed forces during WWII
  • What makes the Battle of Stalingrad the deadliest in WWII?

🎓 WW2 Essay Topics for Student

  • Contributions of women pilots in World War II
  • “Gesture Life” and “Maus”: post-World War II injuries
  • The federal government’s actions during World War II
  • Rebuilding Europe after World War II
  • World War II in Europe: development and costs
  • World War II: maskirovka military deception and denials operations
  • World War II in the Pacific region 
  • The second World War’s historical aspects 
  • The rise and fall of communism after World War II 
  • South Africa in World War II
  • Battle of the Midway during World War II 
  • World War II: the history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 
  • What effect did the World War II wartime experience have on African Americans? 
  • The battle of Britain during World War II
  • World War II was a continuation of World War I
  • Communism in Europe and America after World War II 
  • Camps for displaced persons after the end of World War II 
  • Nazis prosecution for the World War II crimes 
  • World War II was avoidable
  • Nazi Germany’s resources and demise in World War II 
  • The United States and East Asia since World War II
  • Japan after World War II: main events and modifications
  • Atomic bomb technology and World War II outcomes 
  • Pacific theater of World War II
  • Impact of World War II on Balkan nationalism, states and societies 
  • World War II: internment of the Japanese Americans 
  • World War II in “The Rape of Europa” Documentary 
  • The characteristics of successful warfare after the second World War
  • Great Depression and World War II impact on the United States economy 
  • Battle of the Bulge during World War II
  • Escape from Sobibor: World War 2 holocaust
  • World War II: why Germans lost and allies won
  • World War II impact on racial issues in the United States 
  • Women’s representations before and after World War II
  • United States-Japan relations during World War II
  • Second World War: cause and technology
  • American foreign policy since World War II
  • World War II, the Cold War and New Europe 
  • The Crete battle of World War II
  • Home front of the United States during the second World War 

🎖️ WW2: Argumentative Essay Topics

As it happens quite often, teachers like to ask students to write an essay on World War II. However, don’t expect it to be easy. It should be something more narrow than the essay about the causes of World War II.

You can use some practical techniques to come up with a suitable topic. For instance, some of the most popular ones are mind mapping and brainstorming. Don’t forget to use questions to create a perfect thesis statement.

But we have made your life so much easier and prepared this comprehensive list of WWII argumentative essay topics. There are also short hints to help you start with your paper.

🔫 World War 2 Essay Topics: Military

  • Exploring the effects of WWII on life in Hawaii. Research the impact of those events on the social life of families living there.
  • Family memories of the Holocaust . Dig deep and see if you have any (distant) relatives who were the witnesses.
  • Something unique about Italy in WWII. Look into some exceptional circumstances that occurred there at the time of the war.
  • The origins of the phrase “Kilroy was here.” It is quite a controversial topic, so you might want to study all the sources you can find.
  • Nationalist Socialists: examine the importance of the movement in the US. What was its social impact since the war? Describe this in your WW2 essay.
  • Write about your town/city. Conduct research to find out about the political changes in your hometown related to war.
  • The transformation of the prisoner-of-war camps . Write about what happened to the POW camps after the end of the war.
  • The fate of the prisoners of war. Study the documents to get to know what happened to them and whether they continued their healthy lives.
  • Describe the spies that participated in WWII . Who were they? What usually happened to those who were caught by different sides?
  • The role of women . Discover the contribution of the weaker sex in warfare and write about the most surprising facts.
  • How important were the weather conditions for the outcomes of WWII ? Find out which battles were lost or won due to the weather.
  • War crimes: consequences. Conduct research to answer the questions about the war crime trials, their outcomes, and the most notorious cases.
  • Research the role of the US government in WWII . Compare it to the other governments and analyze the strategies they were using.
  • The sense of freedom during the war. For this WW2 essay topic, you would need to look critically at how freedom was suppressed or expanded.
  • What was so special about the movements of the troop? Here, you would be expected to provide the answers concerning the secrecy and challenges.
  • The experiences of the attack survivors. Find out what was happening during the attack on the military units and the planes.

🤖 World War 2 Essay Topics: Technology

  • The role of the submarines in the war. This World War II research topic is all about the importance of the submarines.
  • Estimate the destruction in the UK. Find out how many historical places were wiped out as a result of the war.
  • Was Winston Churchill prepared for it? Write about the background of that influential leader and how it helped him at the wartime.
  • Write about the time the US entered the war. Are there any facts that we still don’t know well enough? What about the timing?
  • The miracle of the radar. This WW2 essay topic would be interesting for those who are fascinated by technology. What was the role of that device in WWII?
  • Rocket technology and the war. Write about the importance of the rockets and what the moment when they changed the course of the war.
  • Building the ultimate warship. What was the driving force of the developments in the field of shipbuilding during WWII?
  • Describe the main means of communication during the war. Don’t forget to mention the radio and its impact on the major events in your World War 2 essay.
  • The development of bridges and roads. What were the main technological achievements in this field that still impact our everyday life?
  • Explain the rise of the popularity of motorcycles during the war. Feel free to mention the folding bikes and their invention.
  • The technology we have thanks to the war. Dedicate your WW2 essay to the inventions we can’t live without nowadays that were created during the war.
  • What about TVs? You can narrow down this World War II essay question as you wish. For example, write about the shows dedicated to the war.
  • The jet engines developed by the needs of war. Look into the reasons why those engines were created during WWII.

💰 WW2 Research Topics: Economy

  • What about propaganda? This WWII essay should describe how people in the US were reacting to the war and why.
  • The product of war: pop culture elements. Think about products that became popular and maybe even stayed a part of culture after the war ended.
  • Toy story: WWII edition. Find out how the war influenced the toy production and whether it was a part of propaganda.
  • The major changes in the job market sponsored by WWII. What new roles suddenly appeared on the job market, thanks to the war?
  • The power of advertising . To narrow it down, you can even mention how the food packaging was adjusted and why.

🎨 WW2 Research Topics: Culture

  • Discover the world of fashion during the wartime . It is one of the cool WWII essay topics. It should be about the new trends for civilians at the time.
  • The analysis of artworks created during WWII. Choose a piece of art inspired by war and analyze it. What is its story?
  • New times require new family traditions. How were the customs inside the families changed by the war? What about raising children? Highlight these issues in your World War 2 essay.
  • The secrets of the love letters during the war. This short essay would require you to dig into the archives and find out what the letters could tell us about the relationships back then.
  • What was the unique role of animals in WWII? Dedicate your writing to some type of animal and discuss how they were used.
  • The rights of African-Americans during the time of war. Write about how their civil rights were changed and try to find the root causes.
  • Food preservation methods: another revolution. This example is all about food and how it was packed and preserved during the war.
  • The cases of domestic violence during the cold war. Were the rates higher at the time? Did political tension cause it? This is also a great World War 2 essay topic.
  • Expanding the vocabulary. Just like any other part of life, the language also went through some changes. What were the new words that emerged?
  • The troubled life of housewife during WWII. Describe the work women used to do at the wartime and how it was changed.
  • Still resisting: the movements created by families. Here, you should concentrate on the experience of the families that live in the occupied territories.
  • Lifesaving food: the role of nutrition in WWII. Try to research and find the battles that were lost or won due to the availability of food.
  • The impact of food rationing on soldiers and families. Write your WW2 essay about the struggles of families and different groups of people.
  • What were the common sacrifices of families during the war ? In this essay, you would need to look into the negative changes in families’ lifestyles.
  • The miracle of penicillin: WWII. This research aims to uncover the importance of penicillin or any other medicine of your choice.
  • The clothes that saved lives. Write about different types of clothing and materials that were used to help the soldiers on the battlefield.

💡 World War 2 Essay: More Topic Examples

Below, other suggestions on what you might write about in essays on World War II are presented:

Present in Your World War 2 Essay Alternative Decisions That Could Have Changed the Course of the War Dramatically

Such World War 2 essay will aim to explore some of the greatest decision making mistakes of the world leaders. We do not mean that you should discuss some miraculous history events like “what if Hitler had a heart attack.” In the World War 2 essay devoted to this problem, give realistic alternative decisions that were considered but not realized. Analyze those alternatives that could have changed the end of the war.

“In Your World War Ii Essay, Try to Answer the Question “When Did Hitler Lose the War?”

When did Adolf Hitler lose his chance to win World War II? What was it? These are the World War 2 essay questions you have to answer. Analyze different viewpoints of historians and present your opinion in the essay on World War 2.

Cover the Themes of Atrocity and War-Crimes in the World War 2 Essay

Acts of genocides and atrocity against civil population occurred in such countries as Japan, the Soviet Union, and Germany. Some of them were so horrific and immense that they changed the psyche of many people and different nations. When disclosing this theme in the Second World War essay, tell about Nazi concentration camps, “Death-camps,” the Holocaust , etc.

If you are interested in other  history essay  topics, read our hints for writing terrorism essays . And don’t forget to tell us in comments below your opinion about the World War 2.

📑 World War 2 Essay: Outline Examples

The next is creating a neat outline, which would become a massive help for you during the process of writing. Find examples of World War II essay outlines below!

Example 1. Analyze how some alternative decisions could have changed the course of World War II

Try to pick something realistic. Merely writing that if Hitler suddenly died and the war had never happened is just dull. Get creative and maybe take as a basis some real facts that were considered but never came into life.

  • In your World War II essay introduction , present the chosen decision. Include your thesis statement in this part as well. It should be your hypothesis concerning the topic.
  • In the main body , give at least three arguments why and how that decision would have changed things. Here, you prove your hypothesis to be right. You may add one counter-argument if you wish. For instance, include the opinion of a historian saying that it wouldn’t change anything.
  • In conclusion , state your opinion once again, which is now supported by arguments.

Example 2. When did it happen that Germany lost the war?

Think about when Adolf Hitler might have missed his chance to win World War II. What was it? Include some details. Once again, do your research and consider the opinions of different historians.

  • In the introduction to this World War 2 essay , present your point of view. In the thesis statement, write the answer to World War II essay questions clearly and coherently.
  • The main body here is for you to include three to five pieces of evidence that may prove you right. If you decide to write an argumentative essay, you might add some contradicting facts, too.
  • In the last part of your writing, focus on paraphrasing your thesis statement.

Example 3. World War II: discuss war crimes and atrocity

This essay title is related to all acts of cruelty against the civil population, including genocides. You may want to narrow it down according to your preferences. For instance, you can talk about how concentration camps created by Nazis have changed the people’s psyche.

  • Introduce this WW2 essay topic by stating how people have changed after surviving the Death Camps. It might be a good idea to include a sentence at the beginning that may serve as a hook to make your readers interested.
  • In the body , present not less than three examples of what you think might be relevant. Those should be proven historical facts if you want your essay to be persuasive.
  • Conclude by providing a summary of the facts presented in the main body. Add the paraphrased thesis statement.

💁 World War 2: General Information

World war ii: timeline.

Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. And on September 3, 1939, France and Britain, fulfilling their obligations to Poland, declared war on Germany and World War II began.

However, the beginning of World War II was preceded by some events, inextricably related:

  • September 18, 1931. Japan attacked Manchuria
  • October 2, 1935 – May 1936. Fascist Italy invaded Ethiopia, conquered and annexed it
  • October 25 – November 1, 1936. On October 25, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy concluded a cooperation agreement. November 1 announced the creation of the “ Rome-Berlin Axis “
  • November 25, 1936. Nazi Germany and imperialist Japan concluded the Anti-Comintern Pact, directed against the USSR and the international communist movement
  • July 7, 1937. Japan invaded China. The World War II began in the Pacific
  • 11-13 March 1938. Germany joins Austria (the so-called Anschluss)
  • September 29, 1938. Germany, Italy, Great Britain and France signed the Munich agreement obliging the Czechoslovak Republic to cede Nazi Germany to the Sudetenland (where the critical Czechoslovak fortifications were located)
  • 14-15 March 1939. Under pressure from Germany, the Slovaks declared their independence and created the Slovak Republic. The Germans broke the Munich agreement , occupied the Czech lands, and established the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia

German and French guns WW2.

  • March 31, 1939. France and the United Kingdom provided guarantees of the inviolability of the borders of Poland
  • 7-15 April 1939. Fascist Italy attacked Albania and annexed it
  • August 23, 1939. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact and a secret annex to it, according to which Europe was divided into spheres of influence

Some scientists think that the World War II was a continuation of the World War I ended in 1918.

September 2, 1945, is the date when the World War II ended. Japan, agreed to unconditional surrender on August 14, 1945, officially capitulates, thereby putting an end to World War II.

World War II: Key Facts

  • Perhaps, the World War II was one the most destructive wars in modern history. About 27,000 people were killed each day from September 1, 1939, to September 2, 1945.
  • The primary opponents were Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, Imperial Japan on the one hand, and the Soviet Union, Great Britain, France the United States , and China on the other.
  • Germany capitulated on May 7, 1945 . At the same time, Japan continued to fight for another four months before their capitulation on September 2. Atomic bombs, dropped by American troops on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were first used against Japan.
  • The end of the war was marked by Britain losing most of its empire . At the same time, World War II accelerated the revival of the US and Soviet economies as global superpowers.
  • After the end of the World War II, the “Cold War” between the US and the USSR started.

World War 2: Casualties

The exact World War II casualties remain unknown. However, historians name that the total number of victims was over 60 million people including military and civilians killed. Below you’ll find the list of states suffered the highest losses:

  • 42,000,000 people–USSR
  • 9,000,000 people–Germany
  • 4,000,000 people–China
  • 3,000,000 people–Japan

World War II: Causes

Perhaps, there were many prerequisites for World War II:

  • Japan’s victory over Russia in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05) opened the door for Japanese expansion in the Asia-Pacific region
  • The US Navy first developed plans to prepare for a naval war with Japan in 1890
  • The Great Depression, and the global recession that followed
  • The coming to power of Hitler and his statement about the injustice of the Versailles Treaty, signed in 1918
  • The creation in 1935 of the Luftwaffe, as a direct violation of the 1919 treaty
  • Remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936
  • Anschluss of Austria and the annexation of part of Czechoslovakia
  • Italy’s desire to create a Third Rome and Japan’s goal to create an independent state with the Pan-Asian sphere of influence

World War II: Results

The results of World War II are not limited to losses and destruction. As a result of the war, the face of the world changed: new borders and new states appeared, new tendencies of social development emerged, and significant inventions were made.

The war gave a strong impetus to the development of science and technology. Radar, jet aircraft, ballistic missiles, antibiotics, electronic computers and many other discoveries were made or entered into widespread use during the war. The foundations of the scientific and technological revolution were laid, which transformed and continued to change the postwar world.

The ideology of fascism, Nazism, racism, colonialism thoroughly discredited itself; on the contrary, the ideas of anti-fascism, anti-colonialism, democracy, and socialism gained wide popularity.

The human rights recorded in the UN Charter are internationally recognized. The influence of parties and groups that fought for democracy and social transformations–communists, socialists, social democrats, Christian democrats and other democratic forces, has sharply increased.

In many countries, significant reforms carried out: partial nationalization of industry and banks, the creation of a state system of social insurance, the expansion of workers’ rights. In some countries, including France, Italy, Germany, Japan, have adopted new, democratic constitutions. There was a profound renewal of the society, democratization of state and public institutions.

Auschwitz deadliest concentration camp.

The colonial system disintegration was another significant result and consequence of the Second World War. Before the war, the vast majority of the world’s population lived in colonies, the area, and population of which many times exceeded the metropolitan countries: Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, and Japan.

During the World War 2 and after its end, part of the dependent and colonial countries (Syria, Lebanon, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, and Korea) declared itself independent. In 1947, India became independent, divided into two dominions: India and Pakistan. The intense process of liberation of the colonial peoples began, which continued until the complete abolition of the colonies in the second half of the twentieth century.

As a result of the war, the balance of forces in the world has changed dramatically. Germany, Italy, Japan were defeated, for a time turned into dependent countries, occupied by foreign troops. The war destroyed their economy, and they for many years could not compete with their former competitors.

Compared with the pre-war time, the positions of France and even Great Britain weakened considerably. The USA came out of the war significantly strengthened. Having surpassed all other countries economically and militarily, the United States became the sole leader of the capitalist world.

The second “superpower” was the Soviet Union. By the end of the war, the Soviet Union had the most massive land army in the world and substantial industrial potential. The USSR Armed Forces were in many countries of Central and Eastern Europe, East Germany and North Korea.

Some countries liberated by the Soviet Union took the road of non-capitalist development. After the liberation from the occupiers in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, people’s democratic governments were established with the participation or under the leadership of the Communists, who began profound social transformations. By the Yalta agreements , these countries were considered to be the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union and were in fact under its control.

If the United States became the leader of the capitalist world, then the Soviet Union led the social forces that opposed capitalism. Two main poles of attraction of the world forces, conventionally called the East and the West, were formed; began to build two ideological and military-political blocs, the confrontation of which largely determined the structure of the post-war bipolar world.

The anti-fascist coalition split. Its participants came into conflict with each other, and the “ Cold War ” that lasted more than 45 years, until the collapse of the USSR.

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By using Pie Corbett’s WW2 KS2 model text and digging into local history, your class can write a powerful piece about the experience of a WW2 evacuee.

This resource includes an original story called ‘The Tunnel’, plus a series of reading and writing classroom activities.

There is also a PowerPoint file with the story on so your class can read along with you.

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Writing a story set in the past means you have to do some research. This story is about an evacuee and is based on facts.

The plot pattern hangs around the simple idea of a character having to face something they fear. The opening lines give the main theme away:

“Henry had always hated the dark”

The reader immediately knows that Henry will have to face the darkness. In these sorts of stories, the main character often defeats or overcomes their fears. In this one, there is light at the end of the tunnel for Henry.

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Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written over 200 books. He is also known for promoting creative approaches in the classroom and has experience as a teacher, headteacher and Ofsted inspector. Follow him on Twitter at @PieCorbett .

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WWII Creative Activity -- Writing and Producing a Newspaper

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  • Tags : Teaching middle school grades 6 8

WWII Creative Activity -- Writing and Producing a Newspaper

Class Project

Goal: Students will create a World War II-era newspaper as a class project. Each person will write a news story or create a cartoon on a

political issue of the times. For extra credit, students can create advertisements for items that were popular during that time period.

Materials Needed: Computers to research newspapers of the time, to type a news story and to lay out the newspaper in Microsoft Word by using the newsletter templates.

Steps for Creating a Class Newspaper

Step 1 – Share examples of newspapers from the WWII time period. Students can see how newspapers changed from the beginning of the war till its end at the York town Square site . This can also give them ideas for political cartoons, advertisements, and news stories.

Step 2 – Teach basic news writing . The link provided has tips for teaching students to write a basic news story. Make sure students learn how to write strong leads .

Choose Topic for News Story

Step 3 – Choose a topic from the time period and research it using the Internet, history books and/or library. A history teacher can suggest a list of individual topics or students can research one of the following broad topics to find a story topic:

  • pacts & conferences
  • famous leaders
  • weapons and bombs
  • theaters of war

Step 4 - - Select a small group of students to do the layout of the newspaper. It is best to limit it to three to four students. These editors will take the final copies of the stories that have been typed and place them in the newsletter.

Write News Story

Step 5 -- Students need to write a draft of their story. The students should describe the event, person or topic well in a news story format. It is best if students peer edit as well. They should check for use of the news story format, grammar and content.

Step 6 – Students need to type their final copy and single space. This needs to be saved on a server where the editors have access to the files, or students need to store their stories on a jump drive or disk.

Design Layout for Newspaper

Step 7 – The editors need to take all of the files and layout the newspaper. Use the Microsoft Word templates to make the newspaper regular copy paper size so that it can be copied easily and stapled. It is also great if clip art can be added to the newspapers. Take note of the example newspapers that students researched earlier.

Step 8 - - After the teacher has reviewed the final copy of the newspaper, give every student a copy of the class project.

Tip : If you are using all parts of the WWII unit, these newspapers can be “sold” during the USO.

This is a fun project that can teach the basics of news writing and incorporates a WWII research project. In addition, the newspaper will be a keepsake for many students. Parents and grandparents will enjoy viewing the papers as well.

Resources for newswriting:

Newswriting basics , from McGraw-Hill Education.

Reporting basics , from Reuters Handbook of Journalism

This post is part of the series: World War II Creative Activities

A four part series of lessons on how to integrate social studies and language arts with the study of World War II. The lessons use many of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.

  • Persona Journals for World War II
  • Lesson Plan: Recreating A WWII Era USO
  • Writing and Producing a Newspaper for the WWII Time Period
  • WWII Creative Actitivies: Literary Analysis

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Senses of World War II by Year 6

This term, Year 6 have been learning about World War II focusing on the life of a child at that time. In literacy, they have been using their senses to imagine what life was like living through the Blitz and how it would have felt to have to find shelter in an Anderson Shelter. Here, Year 6 pupils are proud to share their creative writing pieces:

It all started when I was having dinner – sausages and mash – I heard the worst sound of my life. I went outside and saw dark shadows coming towards the city. I thought nothing of it but then I noticed how strange everything was – people were running and a siren went off. My Mum grabbed me and took me towards the Anderson Shelter. In the blink of an eye, a bomb dropped on my house. The worst bit was the sound – it whirled around in my ear; the loudest thing I had ever heard. Then it all went silent. Five seconds later a bomb hit the factory down the street. The smell was deadly; smoke made you cough and made it hard to breathe. I crouched down in the steel structure, squished in with my family on the bench. All we had was a few bits of food. We tucked under the blanket; it was so itchy and nagged at my goose bumped skin. I was so scared that I didn’t care about the pain but it was so wet and damp beneath my feet.

Noises attacked my brain. I didn’t know what to think. Fire was burning people’s houses – screaming was everywhere, you couldn’t block it out. I could hear people begging for help, it was hard to leave people who needed help but if you left, you could have died.

I opened the door to see the street demolished, burning away homes. Destroyed.

The next day I heard that some people were sent to the underground shelter to sleep but if a bomb went off when you were down there, the sound would echo for ages. It would be terrifying; you would always be thinking a train was coming but we were told the trains were stopped. The danger of the tunnels was that if a bomb burst a pipe it could flood the tunnels and you could be drowned.

Cautiously, I held my breath, crouched down and took a step into the eerie arched structure; this was a place where any laughter was silenced. The freezing air pinched at my goose bumped skin. The cold grass beneath my feet, made my bones shiver.

At teatime, I heard the blaring, unnerving sound. I knew what I had to do: I went upstairs to get my brother Tom. I grabbed my gas mask and put it on dashed down stairs into the bunker. Devastatingly, when I heard the wail of the sirens, they were followed by the screams of terrified people.

Nervously, I stepped into the creepy dull structure; it was like a prison. The smell was horrid – the stench of damp mixed with mouldy veg filled my nostrils as I lowered my body down inside the terrifying space. Bad smells of burning and smoke.

Noises shook my head- sirens, the screaming packs of voices as the door slammed behind me.

It started like any normal evening, me and my family were eating dinner. Out of nowhere darkness came and I started to get scared because night is the worst. When the fierce, piercing, whirring wail of the air-raid sirens invaded the heavens, we knew the key was to get safe.

At seven-thirty, as I climbed into bed, as my brother, Jake, was searching for his teddy ‘Pluto’. Outside I could sense that people were nervous, their feet banging the cobbled streets. I leapt out of bed, peering out of the window, I saw the darkness but smoke was filling the air – gobbling the houses down with roaring flames like a furious dragon.

Anxiously, I took a deep-breath then put on my gas-mask. I ducked down and stepped into the eerie, domed structure; this is a place where laughter does not exist. The piercing air clipped my scabbed skin, the feel of ice penetrating my skin underneath my feet made my bones shiver.

The noisomness of the dankness, coupled with a blanket of smoke, filled my snout. As I dropped down inside, the smell of thick smoke and burning penetrated my throat. Wistfully, this smell and me had become too well known to each other.

Cacophonies occupy my head – sirens, the shrieks of my neighbours – all enhancing my senses making me more distraught. Slamming the metal door at the rear of my back, all of the sounds I heard before were, for a moment, silenced.

With my heart heavy with sadness, I stared at the etal shelter – densely lit by a flickering candle on a decrepit shelf. Itchy blankets concealed the benches that sat on either side. Enemy planes searched the skies outside – their glow shining through the cracks in the door. A blue checked pillow lay on one of the benches – an attempt to make it feel homely. However, nothing could take this nightmare away.

Formal Speech

Listen to a WWII formal speech about food rationing by Cameron here:

The focus was to write a persuasive speech using formal language and presented in formal tone.

Pupils also imagine what life was like for an evacuee living through the war, sending letters home to their families:

Dear mother, I really miss you. When I was put on the train I did not expect I would not see you for weeks. When I got off the train a lady took me to her house. There was a field behind it which had strange animals that I had never seen before. The lady told me they were called ‘farm animals’. Then she told me her name was Mrs Pots. I was scared of the animals at first but when I got close to them, I saw they were not dangerous. My school is ok but I really miss my friends. I hope you’re ok.

Love Hudson

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NEW Anne Frank (Diary) World War II 2 Describe the Character A4 Booklet Description Creative Writing

NEW Anne Frank (Diary) World War II 2 Describe the Character A4 Booklet Description Creative Writing

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Attached is a PowerPoint and PDF version of the character booklet for the above character. There is also a separate A4 colouring page which can be used for a classroom display along with the character profiles. Below is a summary of what is included in the booklet:-

Page One Front cover page. Children can colour in the bubble writing and there is a space for the children to write their name. When complete I ringbind these booklets and they make great English table displays.

Page Two Features page: the children are to think of the following things about their character and write these in the boxes surrounding the character: The character’s likes The character’s dislikes The character’s feelings The character’s friends The character’s family The character’s hopes The character’s fears The character’s house The character’s hobbies The character’s past The character’s present The character’s future The character’s problems The character’s solutions

Page Three Children to now list of features for the character to help write their character profile. On this page there is an image of the character and a whole lines page for the students to add lots of detail in sentences. Ask them to focus largely on the features that they have found already and to use powerful adjectives.

Page Four Children are to write down some things that the character might say and think.

Page Five Children are to describe the character’s physical appearance of the character.

Page Six Children can either use this page to colour in the character or thy can write down describing words inside the image, using powerful adjectives.

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