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Dr. Mary Walker: Citizen with Honor

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

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

One to Two Class Sessions

Students will:

  • learn of the civilian and military contributions of Dr. Mary Walker
  • research the past and current regulations of receiving the Medal of Honor
  • examine the definition of citizenship
  • write an argument using persuasive language

Medal of Honor Focus: Dr. Mary Walker, Civil War

Teacher Preparation:
Students should have a good understanding of the Medal of Honor and Citizen Honors and should have completed Lesson D2, the “Defining Citizenship” lesson, prior to doing this lesson. Review as needed before starting this lesson.

Introductory Activity:
Students will watch the video from MSNBC “HerStory: Dr. Mary Walker”.

Teacher will hand out the worksheet and explain that students are to watch the video and write down examples of how Dr. Mary Walker exemplified the six core values in both civilian and military life.

After watching the video, students will compare answers with a partner.

Whole Group Activity:
Teacher will recreate on the board or project chart. Students will give examples from their work to create the master class chart. Teacher will lead discussion on those examples.

Small Group/Individual Activity:
Students will use computers to research the three questions based on Dr. Mary Walker’s Medal of Honor. Students must support their responses with evidence.

Whole Group Activity:
Teacher will lead discussion on evidence-based findings.

Individual/Small Group Activity:
Students will use persuasive language and evidence to create a nomination for Dr. Mary Walker to receive the Citizen Honors award.

Concluding Activity:
Students will make connections to how they can use Dr. Mary Walker’s story to inspire their citizenship using the final question of the worksheet. The teacher will lead a class discussion about how students can and will serve others.

Worksheets, class discussion

Dr. Mary Walker video*, worksheets


* HerStory: Dr. Mary Walker originally aired on September 9th, 2015 on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Living History Video

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