Whatís Happening This Week
There is much more to explore in our calendar. Find other important events in literary history, authors' birthdays, and a variety of holidays, each with related lessons and resources.
Looking for age-appropriate book recommendations, author interviews, and fun activity ideas? Check out our podcasts.
Memorial Day is observed in the United States today.
|Grades||5 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Holiday & School Celebration|
Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military.†† In addition to having celebrations with family and friends, many people visit cemeteries and memorials and place flags on the grave sites of fallen servicemen and women.
Have students visit the Stories from the Veterans History Project site. Once there, ask students to choose one of the featured interviews to listen to, peruse the previous releases, or look at an alphabetical list of interviews to find more interviews that may be of interest to them. Students select an interview that interests them and take notes while listening to remember important facts and details about the veteranís life. After listening to the interview, students complete one of the projects below to honor the veteran they researched:
- Create a timeline of the veteranís life or time in the military.
- Using the story of the veteranís life, create a picture book for younger children that tells the story of the veteranís life or of the war in which he/she fought.
- Record the important facts and information from the veteranís life using the Heroís Journey interactive.
- Record a podcast that tells the veteranís story.
- Veterans History Project
This site includes a collection of personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
- Memorial Day
Information on the history and traditions of observing Memorial Day in the United States is provided here.
- History of Memorial Day
This site includes a history of Memorial Day and tributes to soldiers; includes audio, video, and photos.
Games & Tools
Grades 6 – 12 | Game & Tool
Harry Potter. Frodo. Luke Skywalker. These popular characters from novels and films share a common root: the ancient myth of the heroís journey. This tool gives teens the information they need to take a closer look at an epic hero or create a hero of their own.
Grades 6 – 12 | Podcast Episode
Hear how graphic novels place the events of 9/11 in historical context, how war stories put a human face on the costs of military conflict, and how YA novels imagine roles that teens can play in working for a better world.