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Teaching Veterans' Legacy: Creating Lessons on WWII Veterans in Cemeteries

Thu Nov 16 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

At the end of this interactive, hands-on full-day clinic, held at Moscone West, San Francisco National Cemetery, and the West Coast Memorial, participants will have:

  • explored a wide variety of free resources from the National Cemetery Administration and the American Battle Monuments Commission to help teach historical inquiry and critical thinking;
  • learned the process of researching veterans and service members of World War II and other periods;
  • used technology to make World War II in the Pacific accessible to students;
  • created student-centered, classroom research projects in which students can research veterans and service members from their own communities to see how they contributed to world events.

The morning will begin at Moscone West, where participants will receive a presentation and engage in discussions on veteran research and developing instructional materials.  In the afternoon, participants will travel by bus (provided) to San Francisco National Cemetery and the West Coast Memorial, both located in the historic Presidio.  They'll hear presentations from teachers who have completed Understanding Sacrifice: The Pacific War, including the stories of two service members who were the inspiration for developing lessons and instructional materials in social studies and English Language Arts.

Participants will receive copies of model lesson plans showcasing veterans' history, as well as materials on how to engage in their own research of veterans or service members who are interred of memorialized at a National Cemetery or American Battle Monuments Commission site.

Bryce Carpenter, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Washington, DC; Jennifer Rosenfeld, Roy Rosenweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Timothy Nosal, Sarah Hermann, American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington, VA; Lynne O'Hara, National History Day, College Park, MD