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Middle and High School Social Studies, Language Arts

LESSON TIME:
Two Class Sessions


OBJECTIVES
Students will:

  • understand the meaning and importance of perseverance
  • use and evaluate different sources


Medal of Honor Focus: Desmond T. Doss, U.S. Army, World War II (Pacific)


Introductory Activity:
Teacher will prompt students to think about a time when they had to show perseverance in the face of a challenging situation. Students will write a brief description of this circumstance and then share with partners or in small groups. Teacher will ask for volunteers to share their examples with the class.


Small Group/Individual Activity:
Teacher will prompt students to think about a time when they had to show perseverance in the face of a challenging situation. Students will write a brief description of this circumstance and then share with partners or in small groups. Teacher will ask for volunteers to share their examples with the class.


Small Group/Individual Activity:
Students will read Desmond Doss’s Portrait of Valor and watch his Living History video. Students will complete the worksheet on which they will identify examples of loyalty, perseverance, self-sacrifice, and another trait that they identify within his story. They will also write about how looking at both written and video sources helped to develop their understanding of his personal character.


Whole Group Activity:
Students will share their findings, and the teacher will take note of the examples that are being shared. Students will also share their thoughts on valuable facts that both sources provided and the importance of using more than one source to form a well-rounded understanding of topics.


Concluding Activity:
Students will write a journal entry on the role perseverance plays in being a successful individual. Students will rate themselves on their current level of perseverance in their daily lives and will identify one area in which they would like to improve.


Assessment:
Participation in discussion, worksheet, journal entry


Resources:
Desmond Doss Living History video and Portrait of Valor, worksheet


Extended Activities:
Write a poem about Desmond Doss.

Write a Reader’s Theater piece that could be performed about Desmond Doss.

Living History Video

Portrait of Valor - Desmond Doss

Additional Resources