Fighting Heroes of World War II


Social Studies American History The United States in the 20th Century Fighting Heroes of World War II
Students brainstorm the characteristics of a hero. Then they learn about the Tuskegee Airmen program and explain its contribution to integration of the U.S. military. Next they learn about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the issue of the internment camps. They form an opinion if those wrongly interred deserve compensation. Then they learn about the Code Talkers and explain why they were able to develop a successful code. Finally, students write a citation to accompany a Medal of Honor.

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Overview

In this experience, students brainstorm the characteristics of a hero. Then they learn about the Tuskegee Airmen program and explain its contribution to integration of the U.S. military. Next they learn about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the issue of the internment camps. They form an opinion if those wrongly interred deserve compensation. Then they learn about the Code Talkers and explain why they were able to develop a successful code. Finally, students write a citation to accompany a Medal of Honor.

This experience does not include a Quiz.

Estimated duration: 35-45 minutes

Vocabulary words:

  • decorated
  • regiment
  • meteorologist
  • incapable
  • escort
  • internment
  • intercept
  • classified secret

Objectives

  • Describe the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd Regiment Combat Team, and the Navajo Code Talkers.
  • Explain why Americans were kept in internment camps.


Engage


There were many heroes in World War II: soldiers who fought with daring and determination, people who helped Jews and other refugees escape the Nazis, people back home who supported the troops. In this experience, you will learn about three special groups that were heroes.

Objectives

  • Describe the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd Regiment Combat Team, and the Navajo Code Talkers.
  • Explain why Americans were kept in internment camps.


Photo of the Chicago Tribune newspaper from November 11, 1918, headline reads “Great War Ends”

A U.S. major general inspects his troops during a decoration (medal) ceremony in Italy


Think about someone who you consider a hero. What makes them a hero? In a word or short phrase, post one or more characteristics of a hero.

Post your answer

Discuss student responses. Try to reach a class consensus on what makes someone a hero.


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