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Overcoming Obstacles

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

Middle and High School Social Studies, Language Arts, Citizen Honors

LESSON TIME:
One Class Session


OBJECTIVES
Students will:

  • analyze how events develop and interact over the course of a text
  • evaluate a speaker’s point of view and reasoning
  • identify alternative solutions to a problem


Medal of Honor Focus: 
Clarence Sasser, U.S. Army, Vietnam War. Any Medal of Honor Recipient or Citizen Honors awardee may be used.


Introductory Activity:
Teacher will write the following on the board: “Describe a time in your life when you overcame a difficult circumstance and how you did so.” Students will write five to seven lines to answer the question. Students will share their response with a partner and then discuss their responses as a class.


Whole Group Activity:
The teacher will give students the worksheet and explain that they are to fill out the first column with obstacles that the person in the video had to overcome and the second column with evidence of how he or she overcame or attempted to overcome those obstacles. Students should be able to identify at least three obstacles and how the individual overcame them.


Small Group/Individual Activity:
At the conclusion of the video, the teacher will put students in groups of two to four to share their double responses and lead a discussion about what stood out to them.


Concluding Activity:
At the conclusion of the video, the teacher will put students in groups of two to four to share their double responses and lead a discussion about what stood out to them.


Assessment:
Student discussion, double entry journal, reflection


Resources:
Chosen Medal of Honor Recipient or Citizen Honors awardee video, worksheets

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