World War II

Lesson plan: D-Day veterans return to Normandy 70 years later

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From 2014–American veterans, who fought the Nazis on the shores of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, returned for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that turned the tide of World War II in favor of Allied forces. Continue reading

Lesson Plan: Poetry as a window into modern history

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This poetry lesson illuminates U.S. history, as the poets address profound human connections amid critical events. Continue reading

Lesson Plan: The Holocaust — Assessing responsibility and conscience

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Students will learn about the pressures of society and the struggles of conscience that operated during the Holocaust and in contemporary situations. Continue reading

Chuck Yeager, first to break the sound barrier, dies at 97

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Charles “Chuck” Yeager was a pilot whose flights in experimental craft contributed to space travel. Continue reading

Lesson plan: Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice

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Use this PBS NewsHour lesson plan to help students understand the significance of Veterans Day and the meaning of sacrifice. Students will identify important veterans in their lives, examine an interactive timeline of military history and study issues facing veterans today. Continue reading

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