Not every activity has to be a research paper!
In this project the goal is to simply understand the essence of a social or political issue or event surrounding WWII.

You are to be able to deconstruct the issue or event--identify its components and how it developed, describe it metaphorically in the form of a recipe. You will also consider ways to improve the problem in the form of recipe alternatives.
In other words:
  • Read and develop an understanding of an event or issue relating to WWII
  • Describe the issue creatively as a recipe
  • Propose and defend a possible way to adjust the recipe to improve the situation
  • Present both your original recipe and your suggestion for improvement to the class using props to represent the important ingredients. Don't be afraid to add a little corn (be corny)! Your task is to creatively get the class to understand the situation.

Decide on an event. You may choose among any of the following. Some may need to be narrowed or focused.
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor (1941)
  • German aggression/occupation of Europe (European Eggs Over Easy?)
  • Japanese Imperialism
  • Japanese-American internment
  • Allied offensive
  • Homefront mobilization (social)
  • Homefront mobilization (economic)
  • Rise and fall of Mussolini (Il Duce souffle/lasagna?)
  • Rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party
  • Vichy France
  • Decision to drop the bomb on Japan (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Truman, Manhattan Project) (1945) (Manhattan Project Mushrooms?)
  • Liberation of the Concentration Camps
  • Yalta Conference (or other diplomatic summits) (1945)
  • Battle of the Bulge (1944) or another major battle in Europe
  • Major battles in Asia (select one)
  • D-Day (Invasion of Normandy) 1944
  • Impact of women and/or minorities on the War

For background information, you might start with the WWII overview in ProQuest Historical Newspapers or United States at War or Americans at War or see our Resource Page.

Discovery Education Video offers newsreels in their Video Yearbook Collection: World War II: After Pearl Harbor: 1941-1945.

Note: You may suggest an alternate issue or event, but you will need to get approval.
  • Decide what you are creating: Pearl Harbor Pizza? D-Day Dessert? Manhattan Project Souffle?
  • Develop a recipe. Your recipe must include:

  1. Ingredients: events, people, documents, social conditions, philosophies, religious beliefs, etc. Remember that it is important to specify quantities or proportions. How much of an ingredient is necessary--a pinch, a teaspoon, or several cups?
  2. Preparation Instructions: How are the ingredients combined, mixed, cooked? How should you heat? Should you simmer or boil vigorously? Should you burn over a hot grill?
  3. Who/how many does it serve?
  4. Tips: Any special instructions you might have for fellow cooks
  5. Works Consulted: Attach a works page with sources (varied and valuable) that helped you understand the issue. Include hyperlinks.

  • Complete the organizer which will help you present your recipe to the class.
  • Decide how would you reasonably modify the recipe to resolve the situation. You should take into account all perspectives. Decide on the solution that seems most reasonable. Describe how your selected modification would change the flavor of what you are cooking. How would it now look and taste to the people around?