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Veterans Day Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Give your instruction on Veteran's Day new meaning with the help of a Study.com text lesson and in-class gratitude project. To take instruction further, utilize the supplementary activities and related lessons.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the word veteran
  • compare and contrast the different types of veterans
  • understand the significance of Veteran's Day
  • draft a thank you letter to a veteran

Length

30 minutes to 1 hour

Materials

  • Plain white card stock
  • Colored markers, crayons, or pencils
  • Large envelope
  • Postage

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.7

Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Instructions

  • Begin by asking students to define the word 'veteran' as you write their suggestions on the board.
  • Now ask students to read the Introduction, Service and Experience, and What is a Veteran? sections of the Study.com text lesson What Is a Veteran? - Definition & Importance.
  • Next, revisit the student definitions written on the board. Do they adequately define veteran? If something is missing, add it to the board now.
  • Have students read the remainder of the text lesson.
  • Ask students to create Veteran's Day cards as a way to honor veterans. These should be general cards rather than those addressed to specific individuals.
  • Have the class select one of the many organizations listed online that collects cards for veterans and mail the student-created cards to them in the large envelope.

Discussion Questions

  • How many students have a veteran in their family?
  • How many students plan to join the military? How would they want to be honored?
  • How can we honor veterans outside of Veteran's Day?

Extensions

  • Have students research and report on the life of a veteran.
  • Visit the local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) to survey veterans about their service.
  • Ask students to research the benefits guaranteed to veterans. Are they adequate? If not, what should veteran's benefits include?

Related Lessons

PTSD in War Veterans: Symptoms & Statistics

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Description & History

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