The Korean War Memorial Project--A Philosophical Journey
Four soldiers and military helicopter at base
from Dave Allen Collection on kwvdm.org
During this project, you will choose one writing genre to convert primary source research into literature or art. Your main source for primary sources is the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial. See the link below. Follow steps 1-4 to complete the project
Follow the four steps below
1. Build a Background--What do you know? What do you want to learn?
Complete quick research on the Korean War.
(Watch the center video or review the timeline.)
Jot down 10-15 facts about the war.
3. Add notes from more primary sources
2. Use the Korean War Veterans Memorial Website and pull down the Collection tab to Oral Histories.
Listen to two veterans' stories and take notes. Take down the name, type of service and two or three details from his/her experience.
4. Compose a literary response to the Korean War using your notes. Be creative but use your notes.
The genre of your project is your choice--
Poem, comic strip, short story, blog entry, an editorial,
a nonfiction article, or screenplay.
Transforming History into Literature--Student Projects
2017 Projects-Using Primary Sources from kwvdm.org
A fictional account inspired by veteran interviews
These two men (Harold Bill Christenson and Sunny Rose) were standing in a mine field. Bombs were going off in the background and there is lots of yelling and screaming. Chinese are on the mountain in from of them and their lieutenant lutenist is in the front of the line. They are following each other’s footsteps.
There sergeant steps off of the path a little bit, and Harold and Sunny notice.
“Sunny did you see that?” says Harold
“Yes let’s stay where we are, I don’t think it’s safe to step there,” says Rose.
They decide to stay where they are instead of following. Their lieutenant legs gets blown off and these two were there to help.
“Help Harold! Help me drag our lieutenant to safety back at camp!” says Rose.
“Of course! Watch out and be careful as to where we step,” says Harold.
The two men drag there lieutenant to safety back at camp and the medical people are there to help right away. Instead of dying, he loses a leg.
After this, Harold and Sunny were the promoted from the machine gun squad to being platoon squad.
“Thank you for all of your hard work and help! You men deserve to be promoted thank you for everything and continue to do your job. You made a good decision by not following me and that shows you are independent and able to make your own decisions. You guys can be promoted to platoon squad instead of machine gun squad congratulations!” says lieutenant.
by Brianna W.
They say that you never understand things when you actually have to face them
Like the pains and the wounds physically and mentally
That made our solders forever change after the Korean war
To fight for the country, for peace, for something they were told to be right
They traded their souls and bodies
They would never be the same as the people they used to be before the war
Or hear themselves laughing the same laughs
Or see themselves wearing the same face
No matter how hard they tried to forget the sounds of gunshots
The pounding noises of Death
The screams of people
We do not know how much they would be able to erase those memories out of their minds
But we know it was hard for them to be able to sleep at night
Let us commemorate them, remember them
The solders who fell, the ones who were able to forget and rest in peace
The solders who are standing, the ones who might still wake up in middle of the night hurting
The solders who have served, the ones who sacrificed.
by Sohan O.
The Broken Compass
Like a broken compass
It is north versus south
Brother against brother
Spouse against spouse
United Korea stands
But now with the division countless lives fall
This is more than a simple clash
It was democracy against communism
The greatest political battle of them all
The broken compass spins
And points towards the west
America joins the fray
Determined that democracy is the best
Now north and south
And west are involved
Then China comes in
The warrior of the east standing tall
Months on end
Of the terrible fight
And the compass is still broken
If you hold it to the light.
by Malik A.
The Story of Mary Reid
"My middle name is Elizabeth. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1927. My father was from Tennessee and my mother was in Pettiford. I had two older brothers and sisters. Our family lived in a row of houses on the hill, so I was never without a friend. My father worked for the University of Pittsburgh. I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse. As a nursing student, I joined the military after I graduated from high school. I remember the most difficult thing about Korea where those days when there was nowhere to go. I was afraid we would be overrun by the Chinese--that was scary--no where to go. But I didn't regret that I was in Korea. It was right for me to be there."
adapted from Mary Reid by Stephanie P.
Watercolor by Maria H.