D-Day Normandy 1944

No study of World War II would be complete without an in-depth examination of the events of June 6, 1944. Pascal Vuong's D-Day Normandy:1944, is the perfect vehicle to convey the sheer magnitude of the events that have been called the greatest military assault in history. The background information and activities in this resource guide are designed to provide viewers with the context they need to appreciate the preparation for and consequences of the battle that marked the changing point in World War II.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Preview the entire documentary to determine if appropriate for your pupils to assign as out-of-class viewing
  • Have class members interview family members and neighbors to determine if relatives participated in D-Day events and if so in what capacity
  • Divide the class into two sections; have groups in one half research the topics mentioned in the historical context section and present their findings before showing the film, while groups in the second half research the technological influences and report after viewing the film
Classroom Considerations

  • The 45-minute documentary is available on the Internet
  • Assumes viewers have knowledge of the Battle of Dunkirk
Pros

  • The 28-page guide to the film, D-day Normandy 1944, is designed for educators
  • The guide, divided into three parts, includes the historical context of the invasion that teachers can use to support their instruction, information on how World War II influenced technology, and activities designed for students 
Cons

  • None