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Research groups present an audio report on modern veteran issues in a radio show format.
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 activity. 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 activity 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. 
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. 
First graders examine the history and significance of Veteran's Day. They discuss each of the military branches and how Veteran's Day was started, and write a thank you letter to a Veteran. Students copy the greeting and closing of the letter and write original sentences for the body of the letter.
We can take a moment to recognize the soldiers who served and protected our country with Veterans Day lesson plans.
Tenth graders complete a unit of lessons on veterans in Canada. They read and discuss a story, conduct an interview with a veteran, create a remembrance project for deceased veterans, and volunteer for a political party and keep a log of their activities.
Students research their country's involvement in various wars and discuss how a person becomes a veteran. They comprehend the significance of Veteran's Day in the U.S. (or similar patriotic holidays in their country) and the roles brave men and women have in the nation's history.
Students research materials about servicemen and women.  In this Veterans Day lesson, students define what a Veteran is and name symbols associated with Veterans Day.  Students listen to patriotic music and discuss the flag, the pledge and the national anthem.
Students study about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They express and share their thoughts and attitudes toward wars. They listen to a picture book about the Wall and read an introductory text about the Vietnam
Students examine the history and significance of Veteran's Day. They discuss the purpose of the armed forces, and discuss whether anyone has family members who are veterans or who have served. They create Veterans thank you cards, and complete a family Veterans survey.
Students interview a veteran or he/her family to gather information about the person's life. They produce an iMovie that describes the veteran's military experience.
Sixth graders investigate Veteran's Day. In this holiday lesson, 6th graders conduct interviews with veterans and create an oral presentation to share the results of their interview.
High schoolers meet Veterans. In this veteran instructional activity, students interview groups of Veterans from WWII, The Vietnam War, the Gulf War, The Korean War, and our current war.  High schoolers collect audio and visual media to create a website dedicated to veterans.
Students examine the Vietnam war. They listen to and discuss the book, "The Wall," by Eve Bunting, conduct Internet research, and write a letter or send a card to U.S. military veterans in a local Veteran's Hospital.
Sixth graders research Veteran's Day and wars that affected the United States. In 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.
Fifth graders use information from videos, picture books, and relatives' military backgrounds to write a short or extended message of gratitude on a greeting card for local veterans.
Students examine illustrations and readings about the Vietnam War. They discuss how the images show the theme of death. They write letters to veterans at a local veteran's hospital.
Students listen as the teacher explains the origins of the Veterans' Day in America. They complete a project in which they investigate different aspects one of the wars in which US soldiers participated. In the project they include a summary, an explanation of what it tells about a particular soldier or the war, and a personal reaction to the project.
Students explain what the term veteran means to them. They discuss the meaning of remberence day. They also examine how war affects people throughout the world.
Middle schoolers 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.

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