Veterans Day Collection

Start with this video from the History Channel on the origins of Veterans Day. 

Then show students this awe inspiring tribute to our Veterans. 

Then try one or more of the following lessons and activities.

 

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By the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Americans have gone to war to win their independence, expand their national boundaries, define their freedoms, and defend their interests around the globe. This exhibition,examines how wars have shaped the nation\'s history and transformed American society.
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Eve Bunting's The Wall inspires students to write letters to veterans at local veterans' hospitals.
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Our Flag

by Sandy Gade

This site provides comprehensive information on the American Flag. Topics include: Introduction History of the Stars and Stripes An Early Stars and Stripes The Grand Union Flag Fifteen Stars and Stripes Early American Flags Historical Flags The Flag Today Flag Laws and Regulations Flag Presentation Folding the Flag Care of your Flag Sizes of Flags Flags at the United States Capitol How to Obtain a Flag Flown Over the Capitol American War Mothers Flag How to Obtain a Burial Flag For a Veteran Flags of States and Territories Flag Day The Great Seal of the United States Fort McHenry The Flag House Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag The American's Creed School Projects
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Many traditional textbooks tell the story of history through a narrow lens. At best this limited view of history not only limits the richness of history and deprives students of the whole picture. At worst it perpetuates a dangerous and narrow minded way of thinking by silencing the voices of multiple perspectives. This project based three-week unit explores the Vietnam war through a variety of different perspectives including, present day citizens (oral history), veterans against the war (simulation), international political leaders from the past and present (simulation), and, at the end of the unit, the students own perspective. Students will explore these multiple perspectives through three main educational opportunities; a multimedia timeline, an oral history project, and a presidential briefing simulation project.
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