Students at Southern Door High School in Brussels started "living" during the World War I era long before the Golden Globe-winning film “1917” was released. They're assigned document-based questions after looking through articles, posters and other World War I archived materials from the Wisconsin State Historical Museum. History teacher Ben Rikkola has long had an interest in historical fiction. So he has students take the information learned from the document-based questions and write a fictional first-hand account of homefront life in Door County during the war.
Rikkola says at the end of the study of World War I students start to see many similarities between cultural clashes from that era and the present time.