Hi this is Teacher Jennifer from US
Citizenship Podcast. Today I’m here with my publisher and fellow writer Jeannie Slone. Jenny Slone is the publisher at ESLpublishing.com which just published my new book US Citizenship Bootcamp.
And she’s also the author of She Built Ships in World War Two. Today we’re going to
talk a little bit about each one of our books. I would like to now turn the
question over to a story that you wrote that talked about work of national
importance of your civilian direction. I would like you to talk about your book
She Built Ships in World War Two. Let me give you a short summary. Great!
I wrote She Built Ships which is a historical fiction. It is my second book
first I wrote about the women pilots during World War Two titled “She Flew
Bombers.” Then I wanted to know what did women do on the homefront which is how I started to write She Built Ships. The characters in this book are fictional
but they are true to the time period. The history is accurate. Lolly is married
with two children her husband leaves for the Navy; and she becomes a welder by
going to Richmond High School for training; and gets a job at the Richmond
shipyard. She works with a black woman welder who migrated from the south and
is married to a Tuskegee Airmen. They both have to learn how to deal with
prejudice from the men that were working there who were not qualified to join the
Armed Forces like most of the men. The men were prejudiced against women
and color (race). I did want to say She Built Ships during World War 2 was made
into an ESL version by Michelle Deya Knoop who is a teacher at the Santa Rosa
Junior College an ESL teacher. She also made an individual large format workbook that goes along with the storybook. When you’re talking about this book, I
understand that this book was recently used in one of the adult schools in the
North Bay. Could you talk a little bit about their experience? There are two teachers at the Pittsburgh Adult School that this summer taught two classes on the ESL version She Built Ships During World War Two. After they taught the class they went on a field trip to the Rosie the Riveter Museum and
the Red Oak Victory Ship in Richmond California and I got to meet my audience
of a class. How exciting it was! Very worthwhile for me. So what kind of
questions did the students have about your book? I was very surprised.
They only asked me one question. They got very involved in the storyline of the
fictional characters that Lolly had an affair with her welding instructor Mr.
Cunningham and they wanted to know what happened: did Lolly go off with Mr.
Cunningham and leave her husband named Joe? They also remarked how they did not
like her husband Joe and I was glad to hear that because I purposely wrote him
like a very arrogant bossy man who was not very good with their to children.
Wow! I was surprised but I was happy to see that they were caught up in
the storyline because this book is meant for people to learn history and English
at the same time history.. Books can be too dry and this is a nice, involving
way to learn history . Not only do I teach citizenship, I also teach ESL so I’m
very glad that your students could take the book and basically have this
experience actually going to the shipyard where they built She Built Ships During World War Two. Let me go back to the vocabulary that we talked about in the
book US Citizenship Bootcamp. Say for instance, the vocabulary related to
financial support: is there any example the term financial support or the
concept of financial support came up in your novel: She Built Ships During World War Two?
Very much so because Lolly was a housewife with 2 children. Her husband joined the Navy
and left her without any money hardly. And when he did send a check, it wasn’t that much. And you never knew when you were going to get it. So she was
able to go to Richmond High School; and learned how to become a welder; and passed
the test; and then got a job at the Richmond shipyard; and she was able to
help support her family. Let’s talk about another term that comes up in the book
US Citizenship Bootcamp: we talk about “work of national importance into
civilian direction.” Is there example from She Built Ships During World War Two
about work of national importance of the civilian direction? Very much so because
the women building the ship had to sometimes
do an additional shift of work or work seven days a week; and they said “Yes”
gladly they were very happy to be working even though it was very, very
hard work and stressful because they knew they were helping to win the war.
This brings up their couple civics questions from USCIS. Question #78: Name
one war fought by the United States in the 1900s. What war are you talking about
in your book She Built Ships? It’s World War Two. #80 Who was the president during the
Great Depression and World War Two. The president was Franklin D Roosevelt.
#81 Who did the United States fight in World War Two? The United States fought Germany, Italy, and Japan. So let’s end this part of the interview with talking about the
students’ questions about the spouse and ex-spouse. What are some of the examples
from She Built Ships about spouse and ex-spouse. Well you learned that Lolly is
married but she has an affair with her welding instructor which leads one to
wonder if she will get a divorce and re-marry. So did you tell the students the
answers? No. Why?!?!? They didn’t like that. I really like people to open their
imagination and make up their own end of the story. So critical thinking is super
important in the book. Ok, let’s have a short discussion about how we can order US Citizenship Bootcamp or She Built Ships
in World War Two. The simplest way would be to go to the ESLpublishing.com website.
On the website you’ll see “Contact Us.” Under the “Contact Us,” please fill in your
information and if you want US Citizenship Bootcamp, write in the box
FREE SHIPPING PODCAST. if you are a citizenship teacher, write the name
and address of your school. ESLpublishing.com will mail you a free
complimentary copy. Wow, that’s really really great! That’s so generous.
This way you can look over the book and decide if this is something that would really help
your students. Thank you so much for this interview. Yes and thank you, Jennifer.
OK, thank you so much bye-bye!