Wright Brothers' first flight in Kitty Hawk
Women Aviators in World War II: "Fly Girls"
Women pilots have as much stamina and endurance … as male pilots doing similar work. Women pilots can safely fly as many hours per month as male pilots.
—Jacqueline Cochran, Director of Women Pilots "Report on Women's Pilot Program" (1944)
In this lesson, students will explore the contributions of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) during World War II. They will examine portrayals of women in World War II posters (and newsreels) and compare and contrast them with personal recollections of the WASPs. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of the WASP program, which enhanced careers for women in aviation.
At the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Explain the contributions of WASPs to the war effort
Show how women were portrayed in World War II posters (and newsreels)
Compare and contrast those portrayals with personal recollections of the WASPs
What contributions did the WASPs make during World War II?
What was it really like to be a WASP?
What Makes a Hero?
A common lament one hears today is that young people lack heroes to emulate. Is that true? Do your students have heroes? Who are they? What qualities of a hero do they represent? Which historical figures would students recognize to be heroes? Are there contemporary or even local figures with similar qualities?
List the qualities they consider necessary in a hero.
Describe the lives and deeds of national, state and/or local heroes.
Identify historic figures who have exemplified good citizenship; started new businesses; made contributions in the areas of civil rights, women's rights, military actions or politics; or who took risks to secure freedom.
What are the qualities of a hero?
What historical figures do students consider to be heroes?
What contemporary or local figures do students consider to be heroes?