Bertie's War Teacher's Resource Author:Barbara Tifft Blakey Bertie's War is set in the Pacific Northwest during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Adding to the historical significance of this time period was the Columbus Day Storm that hit the Pacific coast with hurricane force winds, wreaking destruction in California, Oregon and Washington and leaving thousands without electrical power for weeks. — The... more » novel treats readers to a glimpse of small town American during a tumultuous time when air raid drills were conducted in schools, and families constructed bomb shelters. Communist aggression was a topic everywhere people gathered. Today's children growing up with the threat of pandemic flu viruses and in the shadow of 9/11 with the reality of terrorist attacks will relate to the "bigger than life" issues that trouble Bertie's world.
This teacher's resource includes discussion questions; suggested vocabulary words; facts on Hurricane Freda; details surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis, including the complete text of President Kennedy's speech on October 22; cultural information about the 1960's; and information about the author.« less