This packet is complete with activities that look at the history and meaning of Veteran’s Day as a national holiday. What better way to encourage students to reflect on what Veteran’s Day means to them?
This packet includes three Veteran’s Day documents, showing the shift in emphasis from the original Congressional resolution to Eisenhower and Obama Presidential Proclamations. Students work in groups to summarize the documents and consider what Veteran’s Day should mean to us as individuals and as Americans. This information will be used for discussion and reflection, as well as a group writing of a proclamation for the current year.
These activities are scaffolded and differentiated: teacher decides on groupings for analyzing the text, decides the extent to which articles are explored and determines length of writing prompts. The whole class might read together, or one group might analyze only one proclamation, while another group analyzes all four. Vocabulary worksheets can be divided by groups and definitions can be supplied to differentiate. Answer keys provided for graphic organizer and vocabulary.
Five reflective essay prompts are also offered to allow for student choice. Duration depends on teacher objectives: usually one to two class periods, or more if students are responsible for coming up with their own working definitions.
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