High School Lesson
Medal of Honor--Study and teaching; United States--History--1933-1945--Study and teaching;
- Understand the criteria for receiving a Medal of Honor
- Make connections between geography and chronology to grasp the evolution of World War II by organizing individual battles into the context of military campaigns and theaters of war
- Understand how an individual act of valor fits into the broader historical context of a war and how learning about veterans’ personal war experiences gives insight into military strategy and campaigns
- Students use the stories of Medal of Honor recipients to outline the battles and chronologies of World War II’s major military campaigns. Working individually or in groups, they research the acts of valor that led to the awarding of the Medal and place these stories into the broader context of the war. The class will determine how best to organize this information to understand how World War II unfolded in different theaters of warfare.
Department of History
Public Domain, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Connors, Thomas G., "Acts of Courage in World War II: Reviewing World War II through Medal of Honor Stories [Lesson Plan]" (2016). Open Educational Resources. 319.