Eisenhower on D-Day: Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources

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Dwight D. Eisenhower's message to troops for D-Day is iconic. Individuals examine Eisenhower's words and compare that to historians' understanding of the epic events of that day using primary sources, an essay, and a Venn diagram to record their understandings. Using this approach, scholars develop the skills to examine an historical event from multiple angles.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Ask scholars to compare the draft version of the D-Day orders to the final version
  • Have pupils examine how primary sources enhance understanding of the secondary source essay included in resource
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson plan pairs with other activities in the War In Europe series
  • Activity is well structured and easy to incorporate into instruction
  • Primary sources include engaging images of Eisenhower's orders
  • Resources is ready to use in classroom activities
  • Resource site can be difficult to navigate to find all components of the lesson plan