We are quite lucky to have in our classroom the World War I trunk of Frank Becker from Fort Atkinson, WI. The family of Michelle Jacobs, an Upper Schooler, loans us Mr. Becker’s trunk when we study World War I. Michelle’s mom was neighbors with Mr. Becker when she was growing up. When Mr. Becker passed away, he left his trunk to Mrs. Jacobs.
Included among the amazing artifacts and primary sources in the trunk is Mr. Becker’s own poetry. As we study WWI poetry, thanks to the Jacobs family, we have the opportunity to read Mr. Becker’s poems, too.
Research “Red Arrow.” What does this term signify in WWI? What legacy remains? What is the important local connection?