|Middle and High School||Foundational, Geography|
One Class Session
Give students a brief background on the number of Medals of Honor that have been awarded in various locations around the world. Use the data sheet from Lesson A5 for reference if needed.
Small Group Activity:
Have students pair up and use the worksheet and a printed map along with an atlas or the internet to locate and label countries where Medal of Honor Recipients’ actions took place.
Based on the map pinpoints, students should answer the questions at the bottom of the worksheet.
If time allows, have each pair select one country or area to research further, and have the pairs briefly present about the geography of their chosen or assigned country/area.
Whole Group Activity:
Discuss the implications of the geographical findings:
In what kind of terrain are wars likely to be staged?
What topography makes a country more or less susceptible to invasion?
What role might geography have played in countries’ decisions to invade others?
Optional class discussion:
Look back at the Data Analysis in Lesson A5. Can you make any correlations between the numbers of Medals awarded and the geography of the areas in which those actions occurred?
Ask students how the Medal of Honor values connect to the experiences of these service members. What might it have been like to fight in a place you had never heard of? If you left a farm in Alabama at the age of 18 and went to fight in the snow in Korea, how would you have felt? What values would you have needed to keep fighting?
The labeled map and accompanying worksheet, class discussion
Worksheet, World maps, colored markers/pens