Have students write biographical poems
about a soldier by completing each of the following lines of the
poem. This classroom activity is adapted from a lesson plan by Nancy
Haugen of Arizona.
* Line 1: Soldier
In this ReadWriteThink lesson, students in grades 68 write poetry in honor of the men and women who have served in Americašs armed forces.
The Origins of Veterans Day
Pepperšs Purple Heart
Henry, Heather French. 2004.Cubbie Blue Publishing - A Veterans Day Story, NOVEMBER (Hardcover) 0-9706341-0-2
Claire and Robbie learn why we honor veterans on Veterans Day. Claire also learns responsibility after her neighbor rescues her puppy, Pepper. The book is geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
For Older Students:
Crane, Stephen. 1997.
The Red Badge of Courage.
Reissue ed. Tor Books.
This classic story tells of a Civil War soldieršs struggle with fear.
Remarque, Erich. 1995.
All Quiet on the Western Front.
Reissue ed. Ballantine.
Read the story of a young German World War I soldier in this classic.
Landau, Elaine. 2002. Veteran's Day: Remembering Our War Heroes. Enslow Publishers.
This book helps students in elementary grades learn about Veterans Day in the U.S.
for a Veteran I am a thousand
winds that blow. I am the
sunlight on ripened grain. When you awaken
in the mornings hush, Do not stand at
my grave and cry,
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the Gentle autumn rain.
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
I am not there, I did not die.
I am a thousand
winds that blow.
I am the
sunlight on ripened grain.
When you awaken
in the mornings hush,
Do not stand at
my grave and cry,
Armistice Day Vision
I saw a cross upon a hill~
A cross like some weird lily;
It marked the place a soldier lay~
It made me creepy, chilly.
I saw a time beyond the cross
When men no longer would
Wage war on one another~
A time of brotherhood.
Alice Crowell Hoffman
Flags today in tribute wave
For those loyal ones who gave
Of their youth, their hopes. their might
For a cause they knew was right.
Morning bells sound their call.
Pause and say a prayer for all~
All who served valiantly
That men might be ever free.
Taps from quiet Arlington
Ever keep in memory
Who, hating tyranny,
Struggled that liberty
Should for all time be
Won for every land.
Once again the challenge came,
And the answer was the same.
Eager hearts have made it clear
We would guard what we hold dear.
Toll of bells, drums' slow beat-
Silence falls in every street.
In each heart swells the plea:
Keep us safe, but keep us free!
Kate Englehardt Clark
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History of Veterans Day