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There are many ways you can use D-Day and Beyond: A True Story of Escape and POW Survival in your classroom.

Language Arts and Social Studies classes:

Get a collection of WWII paperbacks together. Include memoirs like “D-Day and Beyond” as well as fictional stories about the Holocaust and WWII. There are many good ones out there. Have students respond to these books in some of the following ways:
  • Write partner letters sharing their books and making connections with what they are learning about WWII in their social studies classes.
  • Write a poem in first person expressing the feelings of a POW or Holocaust victim.
  • Compare and contrast Stan's experiences as a POW to those of Holocaust victims by making a poster or graphic organizer.
Research Projects:
  • Stanley Edwards spent time in the Stalag Luft III prison camp where the “Great Escape” took place. Have students research the prison escape from Stalag Luft III that took place in March, 1944.
  • Stanley Edwards also spent time in the Moosburg prison camp, where conditions were much worse than Stalag Luft III. Have students do research on other POW camps in Germany and how prisoners were treated in each.
  • Shirley Edwards served in the WAVES in WWII. Have students research the WAVES and other ways that women contributed to the war effort in WWII
Family Memoir Projects:
  • Have students research their own family history to find out whether they had relatives who served in WWII. Look through family photograph albums for pictures of that era. If possible, interview a relative who remembers that time. Put together a memoir or scrapbook based on that person's memories.
  • Have students research their own family history to find out whether they have relatives who served in any other war. Interview those family members if possible. Find out what their military experiences have in common with Stanley Edwards' experiences.
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