Engage your students in developing historical empathy regarding the experience of an American soldier taking part in the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. Using a gallery walk format, students will examine the preparation for the invasion, debarking to Normandy, German obstacles, the battle itself, and its aftermath through 20 different photograph primary sources.
Lesson includes a pre-walk textual primary source analysis exercise to foster brainstorming, 20 photo placards, student data retrieval chart for photo analysis, a teacher lesson plan with questions to promote critical thinking for each photo, and an exit ticket activity, which involves students using what they learned to imagine that they are a soldier writing a letter home about their experience. The exit ticket includes a rubric for easy grading. This is a great lesson to engage your students in thinking about the soldier's experience in World War II, the significance of D-Day, and to promote visual literacy!
Looking for more resources on World War II? Check out "You Make the Choice: America, World War II, and Ethical Decision-Making" and "Did Patriotism Unite America? Case Studies of Diversity, WWII, and Home Front." Another great World War II gallery walk is "American Home Front and World War II Propaganda Gallery Walk."