Veterans Day Lesson Plan and Resources

By Annie Thornton 11.11.2015 blog

This Veterans Day, help your students understand the significance of this national holiday. At Channel One News, we’ve got a multitude of news videos about key military events, past and present, as well as narrative accounts from several U.S. veterans. Try sharing this inspirational story of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills with your students today. Then utilize the following corresponding lesson plan, designed to help your students reinforce key ideas and use higher-order thinking skills.

Invite your students to:

Watch: A Hero Comes Home

Discuss: Why was homecoming in Vassar, Michigan special this year? How would you describe Travis Mills? What part does Mills’ family play in his recovery?

Watch: Six-Word War

Discuss: Why did two West Point graduates start the Six-Word War Stories project? What do you think the Six-Word War Stories project does for people who read the stories? What does the project do for the writers?

Apply: Ask students to apply what they’ve learned and write a six-word war story about Travis Mills. You may wish to print out and distribute the story’s transcript to aid struggling students. Invite volunteers to share their responses with the class.

Extend: Have students read “Veterans Day” from Then, ask students to work together in small groups to create a timeline depicting the key events in the history of Veterans Day.

Reflect: Students write a reflection answering the following: How has Veterans Day changed since its inception nearly 100 years ago? Is it a holiday that’s still worth observing? Explain your thoughts.

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  1. Elizabeth shepler

    I think it is a really neat and nice. It is also really SWEET.

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