Remember visiting the Korean War Memorial in DC?

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UN forces' transport vehicles recrossing

Stories from the Korean War @ LoC

Korea: Remembering the Korean War @ U.S. Department of Defense

Veteran Stories: The Korean War @ The Memory Project

Korean War Not Forgotten : Stories from Korean War Veterans @ Wisconsin Historical Society

Recollections from the Front

Korean War Resources @ National Archives

Spend some time reading, listening to, and exploring the primary source documents of stories from the Korean War. Be sure to check out all three sections: On the Line, In Support, and In the Air on the Library of Congress’s site dedicated to Stories from the Korean War.

GOAL #1: See if among the stories on all the sites listed above you can find someone with whom you have something in common – a name, a location, an interest, a belief. See if you can find someone you somehow relate to. What is it that connects them to you? What is it that you share with them?

Write a brief reflection on what you and the person have in common.

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GOAL #2: Think back on the lessons we learned from the Civil Rights Movement and the Words of the Wiser from To Kill a Mockingbird or poetry of the Civil Rights Movement. Can you find someone who embodies or exemplifies one of those lessons? Is there an ordinary person doing something extraordinary? Is there someone who knows he’s licked before he even begins, but he begins anyways? Is there someone who puts herself in someone else’s shoes?

Write a brief explanation of how the individual embodies or exemplifies a life lesson and what you can learn from their story. 

Goal #3: Pull words and phrases from just one or multiple primary resources or any of your AHR! resources on the Korean War to create a found poem, as you’ve done in the past with other important parts of America’s story. Instead of writing in free verse, as we’ve done in the past, choose to write either a diamante or a concrete (a.k.a. shape) poem. No matter which of the two forms you choose, remember to use only words and phrases found in your primary source or AHR! resources.

  • Diamante

    A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:

    Line 1: Beginning subject (noun)
    Line 2: Two describing words about line 1 (adjectives)
    Line 3: Three doing words about line 1 (verbs ending in -ing)
    Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7
    Line 5: Three doing words about line 7 (verbs ending in -ing)
    Line 6: Two describing words about line 7 (adjectives)
    Line 7: End subject (noun)

  • Concrete Poem

A concrete poem, also called a shape poem, is a type of poetry that describes an object and is shaped the same as the object the poem is describing.

Create a poster for your found poem. Print it and hand in a hard copy, and also submit the online copy on GoogleClassroom. Submit a GoogleDoc, pdf file, or working link only (no Word or Pages documents, for example).

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Click here for a GoogleDoc of this assignment.

And did you know Tootsie Rolls played a pretty important role in the Chosin Reservoir in Korea?