Arkansas-related teaching materials

Lesson plans: World War I from an Arkansas Soldier’s Perspective

Objectives
1. Students will understand the technological advances in warfare used during World War I
2. Students will evaluate primary sources for reliability and accuracy

Creator: UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture; Sarah Bost, Student Success Archivist

Grades: 9-12 High School

Time period: Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

View and download the lesson plan.

We Heard Them Say: Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, Jr. about his father WWI veteran James “Jim” Guy Tucker, Sr.

 

Capt. James Tucker

Alex Crawford interviews former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, Jr. about his grandfather. Captain James “Jim” Guy Tucker, Sr. served in 353rd Infantry in frontline combat during Meuse-Argonne Offensive, suffering injury from German shelling and gas attack on November 1, 1918

Creator: Jim Guy Tucker, Jr.

Interviewer: Alex Crawford, 12th grade, Little Rock Central High School

Time Period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8); Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

Location: Pulaski County

 

 

Additional media: Interview transcription; Young Historians project journal; Arkansas Declaration of Learning teacher resources; Primary sources: Arkansas and the Great War; Video: Arkansas and the Great War, Camp Pike; UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas Studies lesson plan


Part One

audio recording, 13 minutes 34 seconds

 

Part Two

audio recording, 12 minutes 53 seconds

 

Part Three

audio recording, 12 minutes 52 seconds

 

Part Four

audio recording, 12 minutes 32 seconds


 

We Heard Them Say: Teachers’ and students’ guide to WWI oral history

We Heard Them Say: Claudia Smith about her grandfather WWI veteran David Wesley Huett

David Wesley Huett
PFC Huett

Alex Crawford interviews Claudia Smith about her grandfather WWI veteran David Wesley Huett, PFC, 273rd Prisoner of War Escort Co., American Service Corps. of Conway County, AR.

Creator: Claudia Smith

Interviewer: Alex Crawford, 11th grade, Little Rock Central High School

Time Period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

Location: Conway County

Additional media: WWI draft card for David Wesley Huett; Interview transcriptionList of interview questionsYoung Historians project journal

 

 

 


Part One

audio recording, 12 minutes 17 seconds


Part Two

audio recording, 13 minutes 56 seconds


 

Giving History a Voice: James Lucky statement podcast student journal

This interview is with Zhion Hammonds, 11th grade, eStem Public Charter School, reflecting on what he learned from the 1918 statement by James Lucky about the experience of African American soldiers during WWI and what he learned about making the podcast that he can share with other students

Creator: Zhion Hammonds, 11th grade, eStem Public Charter School, Little Rock, AR

Interviewer: George West, Education Coordinator, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Time Period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

Audio recording, 2 minutes 19 seconds

Giving History a Voice: James Lucky statement on attack of black military police officer

This 1918 statement memo from James Lucky, cook, 11th Company, 3rd receiving Battalion, 162d Depot Brigade, U.S. Army, describes an attack of a white soldier on an black military police officer who was in transit through Alexandria, Louisiana with a prisoner. The statement was written at Camp Pike, AR.

Creator: James Lucky, cook, 11th Company, 3rd receiving Battalion, 162d Depot Brigade, U.S. Army

Student narrator: Zhion Hammonds, 11th grade, eStem Public Charter School, Little Rock, AR

Time Period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

Location: Pulaski County

Audio recording, 2 minutes 29 seconds

Giving History a Voice: Emmett Scott letter podcast journal

This interview is with Alex Crawford, 11th grade, Little Rock Central High School, reflecting on what he learned from the 1918 memo from Emmett Scott, the special adviser of black affairs to the U.S. Secretary of War, about the experience of African American soldiers during WWI and what he learned about making the podcast that he can share with other students.

Creator: Alex Crawford, 11th grade, Little Rock Central High School

Interviewer: George West, Education Coordinator, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Time Period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

Audio recording, 3 minutes 12 seconds

Giving history a voice: Emmet Scott letter to US Military Intelligence, Morale Section

This 1918 letter from Emmett Scott, the special advisor of black affairs to the U.S. Secretary of War, to the Morale Section of the U.S. Military Intelligence Bureau describes unpleasant public relations, especially among African American civilians, following an attack of a white soldier on an black military police officer who was in transit through Alexandria, Louisiana with a prisoner.

Creator: Emmett Jay Scott, Special Adjutant to the Secretary of War, United States

Student narrator: Alex Crawford, 11th grade, Little Rock Central High School

Time Period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

Audio recording, 2 minutes 6 seconds

WWI soldier letter from Bernard Carlyle Bruce

Second Lieutenant Bernard Bruce of Sharp County, Arkansas wrote this letter in 1918 in France. The letter was published in the Sharp County Record (Evening Shade, AR) on August 02, 1918.

Creator: Bernard Carlyle Bruce, Second Lieutenant, 152nd Aero Squadron, United States Army

Student narrator: Jackson Clark, intern, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Time Period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8)Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

Location: Sharp County

Audio recording, 2 minutes 38 seconds

WWI soldier letter from Pvt. Doss H. Thorn

Private Doss Thorn of Poinsett County, Arkansas wrote this letter on October 25, 1918 in France. The letter was published in Modern News (Harrisburg, AR) on December 20, 1918.

Creator: Doss H. Thorn, Private, Company B, 304th Ammunition Train, 79th Division, American Expeditionary Force

Student narrator: Jackson Clark, intern, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Time Period: Early 20th Century 1901-1940 (gr 7-8); Early 20th Century (Progressive Era and WW1) (gr 9-12)

Location: Poinsett County

Audio recording, 2 minutes 55 seconds