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The Reality of War

Social studies classes study the worlds wars and the impact war has on a global society. Students learn about ancient wars and the more modern wars that have been fought in the name of freedom. They know about the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World Wars I and II. Some students know about the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Persian Gulf War. Before the events of September 11, 2001, students in Americas schools knew little about the personal tragedies related to war. War was simply something that happened in books, in another time, and on foreign lands. Now, war surrounds them-on television, radio, and in film. Some know firsthand what it feels like to lose a parent to terrorists, and others wait eagerly in front of the television in hopes of gaining a glimpse of a family member or friend who may be in the Iraqi desert or on the streets of Baghdad. Like the main characters in the novels in this guide, the innocence of Americas children has been marked by violence. A new page of history is being written every day, and it is being done before the eyes of the worlds youngest citizens.

For this reason, it is extremely important that parents and teachers talk with children about war, and offer hope that the world might someday find a peaceful solution to global conflict. Sometimes it is difficult to find the words to explain the complex issues of war, but books are always a good way to spark understanding and conversation. This guide offers discussion for the following books: The Gadget by Paul Zindel; Girl of Kosovo by Alice Mead; Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Iain Lawrence; Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers, adapted for young people by Michael French; Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian; and For Freedom by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Pre-Reading Activity

Engage students in a discussion about the recent war in Iraq, and how it was reported in the news. Divide the class into three groups, and assign each group one of the major newspapers or magazines to read. Ask that they read a few issues of the publications during the time of the war and take note of the major headlines, the views of the journalists, etc. Allow students time at the end of each week to share their findings. What conclusions can be drawn about the role of journalists in war?

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evans_bethnay, January 24, 2008 (view all comments by evans_bethnay)
I love this book. When I read this book, I felt like I was right by their sides during the war. The movie was also good, but I believe that this book is way better than any book I have ever read.
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Product Details

Powers, Ron
French, Michael
Powers, Ron
Bradley, James
James Bradley with Ron Powers
Powers, Ron
French, Michael
Adapted by:
French, Michael
French, Michael
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Military - World War II
World war, 1939-1945
Military - United States
History - Military & Wars
Children's 12-Up - History - Military / War
Military - Pictorial
United states
Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945
Military & Wars
Children s Nonfiction-World History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
8.10x6.40x.65 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:

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Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima New Trade Paper
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Product details 232 pages Delacorte Press - English 9780385730648 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A simple thesis emerges from all the detail worked into this touching group portrait, in a comment by John Bradley: 'The heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who didn't come back.' No reader will forget the lesson." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "The best battle book I ever read. These stories, from the time the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima enlisted, their training, and the landing and subsequent struggle, fill me with awe."
"Review" by , " of the most instructive and moving books on war and its aftermath that we are likely to see...its portrayal rivals Saving Private Ryan in its shocking, unvarnished immediacy."
"Review" by , "A powerful book whose vivid and horrific images do not easily leave the mind...[Flags of Our Fathers] relates the brutalizing story of Iwo Jima with a fine eye for both the strategic imperative and the telling incident."
"Review" by , "Brings a heartfelt personal dimension to this penetrating and insightful look at an American icon....Flags of Our Fathers captivates as the story behind a famous photo, a story that lives on in a son?s heart."
"Synopsis" by , New York Times bestseller, now adapted for young readers, Flags of Our Fathers is the unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history: the raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima.

Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America. In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima-and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the islands highest peak. And there, they raised a flag. The son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different men who came together in the heroic battle.

"Synopsis" by , This "New York Times" bestseller, now adapted for young readers, is the unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American history: the raising of the U.S. flag by Marines at Iwo Jima during World War II. 8-page photo insert. Maps.
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