The Power of Story Teacher’s Guide (PDF)
As part of the educational outreach accompanying the film, high schools
across the country will receive a Power of Story Toolkit specifically designed to help teachers use not only the film and its themes as a teaching tool, but also to bring the powerful medium of storytelling into the classroom. The teaching materials meet national teaching standards and provide students with the means to go beyond the film to learn about World War II and that period in American history through an exploration of the experiences of their families and community.

The Power of Story Toolkit contains a series of multidisciplinary educational activities as well as content from filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that shares their process for collecting information in the four communities featured in The War. The toolkit, along with Ken Burns’s skillful approach to documentary filmmaking, provides a model for involving students in seeking out, understanding and documenting history in their own communities using the technologies that are part of their lives. The Teacher's Guides will be mailed out the first week of September. More information can be found at PBS.


Lesson Plans have been developed to help teachers bring Ken Burns’s The War into the classroom.  Classroom activities are appropriate for students in grades 9-12 and cover major themes addressed in the film.  Many of the lessons also incorporate video clips from the film and other resources found on this site. View additonal resources at PBS for the Lesson Plans (PDF) below.

For more information, please call (850) 484-1236, 1-800-239-WSRE or e-mail jhubbs@wsre.org.