Veterans and POWs
Main Subject Area: Social Studies
Additional Subjects: Language Arts
Duration of Lesson: 90 minutes
Additional Subject Area Standard(s):
Students will research ways veterans and POWs have contributed to our society.
Coin of the Month feature on the POW Commemorative Coin:
National POW Museum Information-
Computers with Internet access
Coins Used in Lesson:
Grade Level(s): 6-8
2. Next, make a K-W-L chart on the board to show what students know about Veterans and POWs and what they want to learn about Veterans and POWs. It’s likely that most students don’t know there is a commemorative coin for U.S. POWs.
3. Show students the web site about the coin and have one of the students read the description of the coin to the class.
4. The web page talks about the different symbols on the coin, the eagle and the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia. Discuss why these were picked to be on the coin.
5. Have the students work in groups and visit the websites about the POW Museum. Have them research answers to these questions:
How did Veterans and POWs contribute to our society? What were conditions like for POWs?
6. Lastly, have each student write an essay about how the contributions of POWs have impacted their lives.
Assessment / Evaluation:
Differentiated Learning Options: