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Veterans and POWs

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Summary

Students will use online resources (including the U.S. Mint's H.I.P. Pocket Change™ Web site) to investigate the role veterans and POWs played in our nation’s history. This activity is related directly to the U.S. POW Commemorative Coin.

Coin Type(s)

  • None

Coin Program(s)

  • Commemoratives
  • Generic

Objectives

  • Students will investigate the role veterans and POWs played in our nation’s history.
  • Students will research ways veterans and POWs have contributed to our society.

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Social Studies

Minor/supporting Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts

Grades

  • Sixth grade
  • Seventh grade
  • Eighth grade

Class Time

Sessions: Two
Session Length: 45-60 minutes
Total Length: 46-90 minutes

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Small groups

Terms and Concepts

  • POW
  • Veteran

Materials

Preparations

Bookmark relevant sites for student research.

  1. Discuss as a class and define the terms "veterans" and "POWs." Write the definitions on the board.
  2. Make a K-W-L chart on the board to record what the students know about veterans and POWs and what they want to learn about them. (It’s likely that most students don’t know there is a commemorative coin honoring U.S. POWs.)
  3. Show the students the Web site about the POW coin and have one of the students read the description of the coin to the class.
  4. The coin uses the symbols of an eagle and the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia. Discuss why these are fitting symbols for the coin.
  5. Have the students work in groups to visit the Web sites about the POW Museum, researching answers to these questions:
    •  How did Veterans and POWs contribute to our society?
    • What were conditions like for POWs?

  6. Have each student write an essay about how the contributions of POWs have impacted their lives.

There are no modification options for this lesson plan.

Use students' notes from the research and their essays about how the contributions of POWs have impacted their lives to evaluate whether they have met the lesson objectives.

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This lesson plan is not associated with any Common Core Standards.

This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.