ESL Remembrance Day Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Remembrance Day is the focus of this lesson plan for ESL students. ESL students will discuss the different names for Remembrance Day, its symbols, and its meaning, and will read poetry written about Remembrance Day.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the meaning of Remembrance Day
  • identify different names used for Remembrance Day worldwide
  • identify symbols of Remembrance Day
  • interpret the meaning of poetry about Remembrance Day


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 6-8.1

An ELL can construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

  • ELP 6-8.3

An ELL can speak and write about grade-appropriate complex literary and informational texts and topics.

  • ELP 6-8.8

An ELL can determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

Materials Needed

  • Artificial poppy flower
  • Chart of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae
  • Handout of the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae (1 per student)
  • Computer with projector or SMART Board
  • Internet access
  • 'In Flanders Fields' video (available online)
  • 5-6 Veteran's Day or Remembrance Day poems (available online)


  • Flanders
  • Foe
  • Larks
  • Poppies
  • Poppy Day
  • Quarrel
  • Remembrance Day
  • Veteran
  • Veteran's Day
  • Ye

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