Making an emotional connection to people and events in history helps students understand it better. In this World War II lesson, students will learn about the enormity of the undertaking of D-Day including its purpose, risks, sacrifices, and success. Students will read letters from soldiers who participated in the D-Day operation to hear about it first-hand from those who were there. After an initial reading of the letter to make an acquaintance with the soldier, students will analyze the letter for details that were shared and missing, and make a personal connection to the day by thinking about what they would want to know more. The scope of D-Day is nearly impossible to teach, but a lesson that brings emotion into it will help students get closer to recognizing the magnitude of the bravery and sacrifice of American soldiers and our allies.

Download: D-Day in the Words of Soldiers Lesson Plan

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