With Veterans Day coming up, you’re likely looking for a way to incorporate the celebration into your curriculum. After all, your students get the day off, so it’s important to give them an understanding of its significance. Veterans Day is a great way to get your students to exercise their writing skills while simultaneously demonstrating their knowledge. Here are a few prompts and projects to help inspire you and your students.
For History/Social Studies lessons:
Who is honored on Veterans Day? How are they honored in your community?
Write a short biography about a veteran in your life (Family member, family friend, person in your community, etc.)
Compare the different branches of the military: how are they different? How are they similar?
Write about the history and significance of a monument in the US
What do the colors and symbols on the American flag represent?
For English/Creative Writing lessons:
Write a thank you note to a veteran
Write an acrostic poem using words such as “Veteran,” “Soldiers,” “Hero”, etc.
Have you visited a war monument in the US? What was your experience?
Give examples of support for veterans in your community: what your community already does, and what they could do
Describe the traits that make someone heroic. How can you demonstrate those in your own life?
What would a peaceful, free world look like to you?