Sunday, May 25, 2014

Short Videos for Memorial Day

Photo by Graham Lampa
Used under a Creative Commons License
For the first time I can remember, my school district will be in session on Memorial Day this year. We have to make up for a day of school lost to ice earlier in the semester.

I'm not in the classroom now, but I've been thinking, if I were, how could I make the most of this opportunity? I know I would want to focus on the true purpose of the day, to honor and remember men and women who have died serving in the United States military.

Here are a few short videos I've collected which might serve as discussion starters or writing prompts in a classroom. One of them, I'm proud to say, is created by my school district, and will be shown to students who are in class tomorrow. Even if you aren't in class on Memorial Day itself, perhaps you can work in some time this week to have your students reflect on the real cost of the freedom they are blessed to enjoy every day.

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