Interesting short history of the holiday, covering background to contemporary traditions; a separate handout on the Memorial Day symbol, the red poppy; and a handout on the WWI poem, "In Flanders Fields". TWO versions of each handout: interactive fill-in with optional word bank or with the blanks omitted (cloze activity for predictive reading). Perfect informational readings for the holiday or enrichment activities for the Civil War (when the holiday began) or WWI. Choose one or more of the handouts to keep students' attention before or after the Memorial Day weekend.
Both versions, with or without fill-in blanks, feature questions embedded in the text for close reading and critical thinking; the history handout also has optional review questions. [Samples of both versions are shown in the thumbnails.] Appealing visual format includes a graphic of the U.S. war dead from the Revolutionary War to the present--could be used for a math activity. Questions include main idea, opinion, interpretation, personal connection and more.
Many uses! Independent work, partners/small groups, a center, extra credit, or homework. Challenge individuals or partners to fill-in the reading without the word bank. Topics could lead to short written or oral research reports or use alone for a one-day break from your regular curriculum to educate students about the holiday while covering standards.
Complete answer keys, teacher tips, and list of Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies and Reading Informational Text, 6-8.
This I Am Poem for any patriotic holiday, including Memorial Day, makes a perfect creative writing companion to this packet!
I Am Poem for Any U.S. Patriotic Holiday
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