Grade Level

High School Lesson

Document Type

Lesson Plans


United States--Armed Forces--Minorities--Study and teaching; United States--History--1933-1945--Study and teaching; United States--Race relations--Study and teaching;


Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the important contributions of minority groups and women during World War II.
  • Evaluate how African American, Asian American, Native American, Hispanic American, and female veterans are honored in national cemeteries.

Featured Cemetery

  • Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA

Lesson Overview

  • Students will explore multiculturalism by researching diverse individuals whose contributions in the past still resonate today. Students will research stories of courage from World War II and present those stories, illustrating the contributions of diverse Americans during times of national crisis.


Department of History


This lesson plan was developed for the Veterans Legacy Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Veterans Legacy Program offers educators an integrated new suite of lesson plans designed to teach students about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, and to take advantage of our national cemeteries as historic places for teaching and learning — both in the classroom and on-site. The educational resources of the Veterans Legacy Program draw on rich stories from national cemeteries to offer teachers a variety of hands-on activities directly connected to national curriculum standards.

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