Soldiers, Veterans, and War in American Life
As we honor our nation’s veterans this week, bring stories from the battlefront into American history, world history and health classrooms with this selection of videos, images and media-rich lesson plans.
This set of PBS LearningMedia educational materials allows your class to explore the similarities and differences in veterans’ memories of World War II and Vietnam while uncovering how these wars shaped American culture. Students will analyze artifacts and oral histories that reveal important experiences of a nation during times of conflict. You can use these personal stories to engage in a discussion of how the choice to become a soldier and the experience of serving relate to personal values and goals.
Clips from the PBS series “Coming Back with Wes Moore” are featured and designed to help students explore their stories in-depth as they hear firsthand accounts from veterans who have returned home from war. WATCH: http://to.pbs.org/10gpg8Z