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Introduce your middle and high schoolers to a different perspective on war: that of soldier's. Read Guisseppi Ungaretti's poem "Vigil" to kick-start this lesson plan. After discussing his perspective, read "The Screaming Eagles Fly to the Gulf." A list of discussion questions are included for this article as well. The lesson plan continues when the class is asked to brainstorm a list of the most current wars. Completing just 10-15 minutes of research on their assigned war, they brainstorm a list of questions they'd ask a current veteran, if they had the chance. As homework, each learner interviews a veteran and writes a tribute to his or her life overseas.
Sixth graders research Veteran's Day and wars that affected the United States. For this research lesson, 6th graders work in small groups to create an oral presentation based on Internet and conventional research. They complete bibliographies and bookmarks for research materials. They research World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, or the Gulf War/Desert Storm and word process their oral presentations.
As far back as your scholars can remember, their country has been at war. Be sure they understand the various implications of this global conflict by presenting personal stories of veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the front lines. They watch video clips about TBI, filling out a viewing guide as they go. There are great informational handouts to educate military families about this under-diagnosed condition, possibly with the goal of creating an outreach. Check out the extension ideas for further research plans. It's best to find this lesson on the PBS website by entering "POV TBI" into the search engine, as the viewing guide and videos are actually linked there.
Third graders read the story, "America's White Table," which is about a War Veteran, and then write a letter to a Veteran. In this Veteran's Day lesson plan, 3rd graders thank the Veterans by writing a formal letter. This meaningful lesson would be an excellent choice to utilize around either Veteran's Day or Memorial Day.
Students examine the reasons for and origins of the Veterans Day holiday. They define key vocabulary terms, read and discuss the article "The Origins of Veterans Day," conduct research and complete a worksheet, and create a class newspaper that summarizes the basic conflict from wars in American history.