To celebrate the anniversary of "D Day", when Normandy was invaded by the Allies, students can experience a short, but beautifully done documentary from the History Channel, as well as a short summary about what "D Day" means. This is a great way to introduce the meaning of "D Day" and help students appreciate this important day in both American and World History.
It's always important to know before you teach how receptive your students will be to the subject matter you are teaching. This article attempts to answer a very significant question, as the title asks: "Do teens still think about World War II?" This question is necessary to consider before teaching the current generation about the past, and how to connect the past to the present.
Test your students' comprehensive knowledge of "D Day" with this comprehensive quiz that offers audio play of both the question and answer. Teachers can make their own flash cards with the info provided.
This is a VERY comprehensive and thoroughly prepared Timeline found on the website of the "National WWII Museum" that's based in New Orleans. The Timeline is complete with video and high-quality pictures, including extremely detailed maps that teachers can zoom in on their smartboards or students via computers. It's like reading an interactive textbook, and brings the events of "D Day" to life.
At this PBS site you can "meet" the actual people who fought at D Day through their letters and personal accounts. There are other valuable resources such as a "Further Reading" page, and others, including a helpful "Teacher's Guide".
Students will appreciate this powerfully moving article which will personally introduce the surviving veterans that actually fought at the battle of Normandy on D Day. Complete with pictures and quotes, this article relays the story of how these veterans returned to Normandy to impart their lessons from the battlefield to a new generation of youth, many of who were exactly their age at the time of battle.
A history teacher offers sound advice as to how to connect your students with content, and make a real impact that will be unforgettable! These are very creative, "thinking outside the box" ideas that will help turn your classroom into a living history show.
Share this powerful video of a D-Day Veteran describing his experience at Normandy to High School Students. You can see in living color how this story made its impact. There is an article detailing the event in depth, giving voice to the Veteran and students that listened and learned from this amazing experience. It is an unforgettable portrayal of how our elders can enrich our youth in a positive manner. You won't look at D Day quite the same again!