Monday, December 5, 2011

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

United States Flag
This photo was taken on December 7, 2006 at Pearl Harbor,
December 7th is a day that stands out in US History. Do you know why? Do your students know?

I did simple searches on two resource sites (netTrekker and Thinkfinity) to see what classroom resources were available to help explain and understand that day in US History. I was able to find a range of things covering many grade levels and including audio, videos, images, activities, personal accounts, time lines, and activities.

  • From PBS: Freedom: A History of US: Pearl Harbor is part of the excellent PBS site based on Joy Hakim's A History of US, this focuses on the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and the ramifications of the attack.  You can access primary sources and photographs to bring this part of American history come alive.
  • From The War Times Journal: Pearl Harbor Animated Maps presents animated Pearl Harbor maps that provide an overview of the areas that were attacked and the actual action that took place.
  •  From Scholastic: Relive the Experience Pearl Harbor includes an eyewitness account, timeline, glossary, related web links, and even a teacher's guide.
  • From ThinkQuest: The Pearl Harbor Story shares a very detailed description of the events leading up to the war, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the outcome. Be sure to check the interactive map and the survivor and eye witness accounts. The site also provides great animated photos.
  • From Calisphere: Pearl Harbor includes a broad selection of images featuring Japanese-Americans during World War II can be found on this site by Calisphere. By clicking on individual images you'll find high quality photographs and image information. 
  • From Scholastic: Our America: World War II is a way to learn about World War II and the American home front through diaries, interviews with those lived through these times, and writing about what you've learned.

  • From EDSITEment: Turning the Tide in the Pacific 1941-1943 includes activity sheets, student resources, and media, (This from the We The People program: We the People is an NEH program designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles. ) Grades 9-12
  • From National Geographic Education: A Date That Will Live in Infamy includes the article and vocabulary. There are also links for further exploration (audio, video, interactives, websites) Grades 5-12
  • From National Geographic Society: Remembering Pearl Harbor ~ Multimedia Map and Time Line includes articles, images, audio, and places for more information. Grade 6-12
  • From National Geographic Expeditions: The Legacy of Pearl Harbor includes lesson plan and related links.  Grades 3-5
  • From ReadWriteThink: Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese in 1941 includes event description, classroom activity/questions, websites, and related resources. This activity really caught my attention: 
    • On December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy" in the words of President Franklin Roosevelt, many Americans were called upon to act as heroes. Countless Americans gave their lives in defense of our country and its citizens in Pearl Harbor. Similarly, the surprise attacks on America on September 11, 2001, called for heroic acts of selflessness from ordinary citizens, as well as firemen, police, military personnel, and other government workers. Ask students to compare these two events using the interactive Venn Diagram. How are they alike? How are they different?

      How did each event change American citizens' perspectives on war and the need for war? How did the two different Presidents of the United States react? What was different about the media coverage?  

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