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The Veterans Day Experience!

The Veterans Day Experience!
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Veteran's Day Project!
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This is definitely one of my favorite projects of the year! I believe it is absolutely necessary to pay tribute to these true heroes, and understand the sacrafices they make to preserve our freedom. Below you will find all of the information regarding due dates and requirements. To help create a more memorable experience, the kids and I would love to have some special guest veterans come hang out with us on Monday, November 12th! There is nothing better than a primary source! Please let me know via email if you can arrange for a special guest. raphillips@conroeisd.net

Task 1: Find a veteran to interview asap!
Over the next few weeks, your goal is to get in contact with a living veteran and set up a day and time for an interview.

Task 2: Interview your veteran!
Each student will receive a hard copy of the interview questions. You can also view and print the document on Edmodo, and/or by clicking the Resources Button on my website and opening the Important Info folder. Make sure to write down your veteran's responses to each interview question in complete sentences. Ask your veteran if they have pictures, medals, discharge papers, or anything else that might be interesting to share with the class. It's not a problem if they don't. The final draft of your interview needs to be completed by Friday, November 9th

Task 3: Bring in a blank poster board to class!
They are available at Walmart, Walgreens, Kroger, HEB, etc. We will be transferring the information from your interview onto a poster board in class, and decorating it with pictures, drawings, medals, awards, and other stuff. Then, you will have the opportunity to give this poster to your veteran as a gift! We will be working on these the week of November 5th so try to get it to class before then.

Interview with a Veteran!
Below are the interview questions you will be asking your veteran. Military veterans are some of the best story tellers I know, so take advantage of the time they are spending with you. These questions are just to get you going, so feel free to ask more! Remember that they are donating their time to help you out, so make sure to give them your full attention! If you're doing your interview in person, I recommend recording the conversation instead of trying to write down everything they say. It will keep the interview flowing. The responses to these questions need to be neatly handwritten, on lined paper, and in complete sentences for your final draft. The final draft is due Friday, November 9th!

1. What is your full name?
2. How many years have you served?
3. What was the year you began your service, and what year did it end?
4. What branch of the military are you a veteran of?
5. Have you taken part in any wars? Which one(s)?
6. What was your rank?
7. Describe your main job and what you were responsible for during your time in the military.
8. What was basic training like? Can you describe your experience in one or two sentences?
9. Do you think I could handle basic training?
10. Did you receive any medals, awards, or recognition of any kind?
11. How many countries did you go to during your service? Which ones?
12. What are some of the different weapons you have been trained to use?
13. What military vehicles have you operated?
14. Do you still think about your time in the military? What is it that you think about?

Veteran's Day Poster Blueprint!
Now that you have an idea of the direction this project is heading...Let's make a blueprint! Sketch a template or write down some ideas you may have for how you want it to look in the space below. Think about how you are going to arrange all Five Categories, and where you are going to put your visuals.

Tribute to a Veteran Poster!
This week we will be creating a poster to honor the veteran you interviewed! The requirements for your Veteran's Day Poster are as follows:

Requirement # 1: The Five Categories!
The answers to all of the fourteen interview questions you were required to ask your veteran must be written somewhere on your poster. They are broken down below into five categories. How you arrange these Five Categories on your poster is completely up to you!

1. Basic Information: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10
2. Wars and Countries Visited: 5, 11
3. Jobs and Responsibilities: 7, 8, 9
4. Weapons and Vehicles: 12, 13
5. Interesting Facts: 14, and anything else you might have talked about or want to include

Requirement # 2: Visuals
Each category must have at least one printed picture or drawing to accompany it. We will have the opportunity to view and print pictures with the classroom computers and the WOW cart this week, but you may bring materials from home too.

Requirement # 3: Reflection Paragraph
The final draft of your handwritten reflection must be included on your poster. This will be done in class, details coming soon.

Veteran's Day Project Rubric!
____/100 points

Interview with a veteran: ____/30 points
All questions must be answered in complete sentences:____/10
Capitalization, neatness, and punctuation counts: ____/10
Due Friday, 11/9/12: ____/10

Reflection:____/30 points
After you interview your veteran, spend some time analyzing the whole experience. Then, transfer those thoughts into a reflection essay. I will be giving you time in class next week to complete this portion of the project, and it will be glued on your poster, but you are more than welcome get started before then. Take this opportunity to show your appreciation and admiration for the veteran you interviewed. The only requirements are:
Minimum of five neat and complete sentences: ____/10
Description of where your interview took place: ____/10
What you think is the most interesting thing you learned about your veteran: ____/10

Poster: ____/40 points
A blank poster board is due this Friday, 11/4/11.
You will be informed about the requirements for the poster next week.

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