Today the question of the global role of America’s military
forces creates a strong need for the understanding and appreciation
of the individuals who make up those forces. The American Valor
documentary presents a unique opportunity to help students who are
struggling with questions of duty to country, individual rights and
civic obligations to learn from the past experiences of a group of
people who have made incredible sacrifices and courageous choices
in almost unimaginable circumstances and have left their mark on the
history of our country.
The stories contained in American Valor
can evoke a wide range of emotions. It is recommended that teachers
encourage students to express their thoughts and feelings, remain
open to diverse and differing opinions and be active and responsive
listeners in group discussions.
The lessons in this section each contain teaching
objectives, correlating national standards, assessment and extension
suggestions and resources. The teaching activities were written
for students in grades 7-12, but can be adapted for other grades.
The lessons work best in conjunction with viewing the film, but
can also stand alone, as long as students have sufficient background
information on the topics presented.