Name: Jo Ann Holtz School: Edinboro University Submitting Intermediate Unit: IU 5 E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Project Name: TAS GRANT Planned Instruction Title: Vietnam Veterans Grade Level: 1-3 (can be adapted to other grades) Expected Instructional Time: one or two days Key Words: Vietnam, soldiers, war, veteran Standard Content Areas: History, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening PA Standard Standard Category Number and Name: Academic Standards for History (2002). Pennsylvania Department of Education. 8.3 United States History Standard Grade Level, Letter, and Standard Statement: Grade3 8.3.3 D Identify conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations in United States history. Standard Category Number and Name: Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (1998). Pennsylvania Department of Education. 1.4 Types of Writing 1.6 Speaking and Listening Standard Grade Level, Letter, and Standard Statement: Grade 3 1.4.3 B. Write informational pieces (e.g. letters) using illustrations when relevant. Grade 3 1.6.3 B. Listen to a selection of literature. Technology Standard (ISTE Standard) 5. Technology research tools Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources. Learning Objectives and Summative Assessment: Performance Indicators Summative Assessment Learning Objectives Student Work Tool ____________________________________________________________________ The students will: Listen to a reading of Observe listening Informal - Observation Eve Bunting’s The Wall Respond to the illustrations Observe responses Informal - Observation and symbolism in Eve Bunting’s The Wall Write letters to either Product-letter See rubric for letter Veteran’s Hospital or to current soldiers on-line Assessment Tool Rubric for Letter 4 3 2 1 All five parts of the All five parts of The work is in the form The work is not a friendly letter are in the friendly letter of a letter, but the friendly letter. It place and used are used writer may not have does not follow the correctly. The writer correctly. The used all parts of the friendly-letter form. conveys information letter conveys letterform. The writer The writing does not creatively and includes information to the has not used details to focus on any details that add interest reader, and some make the events clear particular topic, and it and charm to the letter. details are used. for the reader. is hard to understand. Overview: The purpose of this activity is to introduce young students to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and to personalize military history. Procedure: Day 1 1. Teacher will read aloud The Wall by Eve Bunting. (The story is about a father who takes his son to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to look for the name of the boy’s grandfather. 2. Students will share ideas about the book. 3. The following guided questions may help guide discussion: a. What did you learn about the Vietnam War from the words and pictures? b. How are the boy and his father feeling as they visit the wall? c. Why did the father take out a pencil to make a rubbing of the name on the wall? d. Why did the boy put his picture against the wall? e. How did the book make you feel? Day 2 1. Students can see more images of the wall from: http://members.aol.com/tjdewey/index.htm http://www.vietvet.org/thewall.htm 2. Teacher will go over letter writing handout 3. Students can write a letter to a veteran at the local Veteran’s Hospital or they can e-mail a note to a soldier now serving in the military. (OperationDearAbby.net at http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/). The local Red Cross can also supply information about writing to a service person overseas. Write a Letter Children at these grade levels should use the following parts of a friendly letter: Date Greeting Body Closing Signature Sample letter to a soldier November 11, 2004 Dear Man (or Woman) of the Military, Thank you for serving our country. You are brave. I hope you come home safe. Sincerely, (Student’s name) Materials: The Wall written by Eve Bunting Materials for letter writing Internet Instructional Activities: Listening to a story Class discussion Letter writing activity Interventions: For students with writing difficulties, the letter can be dictated to someone who will write the letter for the student. Extensions: The class can invite a local war veteran to share his/her stories about serving our country. Reflections: In addition to learning about military history, it is important to personalize history so that students understand and appreciate the sacrifice made by our military.
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