Memorial Day Video Questions -- includes link to free online video

Memorial Day Video Questions -- includes link to free online video
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These questions are based on the freely available video from the National Geographic Society: "Arlington -- Field of Honor," a video which is perfect to use for Memorial Day. Students will gain an appreciation of the sacrifices made to secure our freedoms and will understand how the United States honors those sacrifices.

You can see this video and show it to your class without purchasing it -- it is available free of charge on the National Geographic Channel on YouTube. (See end of description for the link.) It is a 55 minute film that details the history of Arlington National Cemetery, as well as its place in our culture. It is appropriate for both U.S. History and U.S. Government classes as it weaves together many strands from both those disciplines. I recommend the film whether you download my question set or not. (Though I hope you will download the question set also; with it you will have a complete teaching unit.)

Video summaries:
"Tour one of America's most sacred places and explore its hallowed history in this powerful portrait."

"Once little more than a potter's field, Arlington National Cemetery has become a national shrine and treasury of American history. Discover how this revered site came to be, and how it serves as the final resting place for both the famous and obscure, from John F. Kennedy to the Unknown Soldier. Through rare archival footage and captivating, true-life accounts, experience the moving stories of heroes and gain a privileged glimpse into the daily activities and official rituals of the dedicated staff. From fallen soldiers and daring explorers to political leaders, the hallowed history of Arlington reveals a powerful portrait of this iconic and venerated landmark."

The video lasts 55 minutes, which means that these questions can turn it into a 2 period unit at the high school level. The first day you could introduce the video and show most of it. On the following day when the students return you could show the remainder, discuss it with the students, and work with the question set in a variety of ways to review the video and expand/deepen their understanding of the historic and cultural landmark of Arlington. The Word file of the questions can also be used as a worksheet that students fill out as they watch the vide over the course of one or two days.

The question set includes both Examview and Word formats so you can use the questions as a paper/pencil activity, or use the with Examview or CPS without having to type them in.

21 Questions in all:
14 True/False
6 Multiple Choice Questions
1 Numeric Question

The preview file has four sample questions.

Movie Questions by Elise Parker

Free online video that matches these questions available at the National Geographic Channel on YouTube:

The video is also available for purchase:
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