In Honor of Soldiers-Every One: A Veteran's or Memorial Day Project
By: Connie Casserly
This is a FREE activity to honor and remember all military personnel who died in battle (Memorial Day), and all men and women, living or deceased, who served in the military (Veteran’s Day).
Students select a book to read from the list provided, or one that they choose. The list given with this project covers all conflicts involving the United States military from the Civil War through Afghanistan and Iraq. After they read the book, students complete two projects: one visual, and the second where they write a letter to an active duty soldier (websites are given for addresses).
Directions: Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about American men and women who have served the United States by fighting in any war from the Civil War to Afghanistan and Iraq. When you are finished, complete the following two assignments:
1. Prepare a project relating your knowledge and understanding of the story. This can follow any format. Here are a few ideas: A poster, painting, sculpture, photographic collage, video, skit, song, book report, or project of your choice. For the latter, get your teacher’s approval. These will be due on the date specified by the teacher.
2. Write a letter to a soldier. Here are two places to find soldiers’ names, to get ideas about what to write and to learn how to address the letters, check out:
www.operationgratitude.com/letters-to-heroes and www.anysoldier.com/WheretoSend.
NOTE: Show the letter and addressed envelope to the teacher before sending it.
Although Memorial Day is not for five weeks, I offer it now so students will have time to read their book of choice and complete the two assignments.
Teachers can also use the activities in this posting if they are reading a military-based book as a class (example: All Quiet on the Western Front- Erich Maria Remarque, The Red Badge of Courage- Stephen Crane, or The Things They Carried- Tim O'Brien).
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