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Veterans Day Activities, Grades 9-12

Lesson Plans, Activities, and Resources Focus on Wartime Service and Sacrifice

arts, language arts, social studies9-12

On November 11, we honor the wartime service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include American veterans of all wars.

The following lessons, activities, games, and resources will help your students celebrate service men and women past and present.

Lesson Plans & Activities

The Veteran in a New Field, 1865
Students in grades K-12 view and interpret Winslow Homer’s 1865 painting The Veteran in a New Field. Teachers can download the Homer lesson ( PDF, 79 KB, 2 pgs.) as well as the “Teachers Resource Book” ( PDF, 4.29 MB, 130 pgs.) for Picturing America, 40 art-historic images of paintings, sculpture, drawings, decorative objects and architecture that represent several centuries of U.S. history.

The Normandy Invasion
Students in grades 9-12 learn that the Normandy invasion was a combined effort by several nations and that war has significant psychological costs.

Building Vietnam War Scavenger Hunts through Web-Based Inquiry
Students in grades 9-12 work in small groups, adopt the perspective of members of a group involved in the war (e.g., soldier, nurse, doctor, photojournalist, TV reporter) and conduct Internet research to explore how that particular group was affected. After completing their research, students compose an internet scavenger hunt.

Love of War in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story”
Students in grades 9-12 explore the relationship of love and war by examining “How to Tell a True War Story.” Download this chapter ( PDF, 29 KB, 10 pgs.) of O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.

Background Resources

Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
Archive of veteran interviews from WWI to the present and two dozen interviews with pilots and crew members from WW II to the present.

Highlights in the History of Military Women ( PDF, 1.62, 9 pgs.)
Timeline from the American Revolution to 2008.



last updated: October 9, 2019


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