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Defining Citizenship

Lesson Time: One Class Session
Students will:
analyze the meaning of citizenship
make connections to their citizenship within different groups
identify ways to improve their role as members of a community
establish their roles as citizens and their responsibilities to the community members of the larger group
Recipient Focus: William “Kyle” Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps, War on Terror (Afghanistan)
Introductory Activity:
The teacher will provide a definition for citizenship and clarify the meaning for the student. The class will discuss different types of communities that one can be a citizen of. After this discussion, the teacher will model the activity by identifying the different communities of which he or she is a part.
Individual Activity:
Students complete the worksheet to identify the communities to which they belong and choose one community to analyze by documenting their roles and responsibilities as well as the quality of their membership in that community.
Whole Group Activity:
Students will watch the vignette of William “Kyle” Carpenter
Small Group/Individual Activity:
Students will complete the back of the worksheet to identify the roles and responsibilities Carpenter has as a member of his communities.  Students will revisit their roles and responsibilities within all of their identified communities and describe ways that they can grow as citizens.
Completion of the worksheet
William “Kyle” Carpenter Living History video
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Dr. Mary Walker: Citizen with Honor

Lesson Time: One to Two Class Sections
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
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 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 compare answers with a partner.
Whole Group Activity:
Teacher will recreate chart on the board or project the worksheet. Students will give examples from their charts to create a master class chart. Teacher will lead discussion on those examples.
Individual/Small Group 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.
Individual Activity:
Students make connections to how they can use Mary Walker’s story to inspire their citizenship
Dr Mary Walker video at http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/usas-only-female-medal-of-honor-recipient-522689091961.
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Medal of Honor: What Does It Mean?

Students will:
Write detailed information on selected recipient.
Conduct web research on selected recipient.
Produce a multi-media project.
Extended exploration of Medal of Honor recipients, their stories, traits and relevancy in today’s society.
Day 1
Introductory Activity:
Students will view the introductory vignette, "Medal of Honor: In Their Own Words," about the significance
of the Medal of Honor. There will be an informal discussion of the meaning of this award and its continuing
importance in today’s society.
Small Group/Individual Activity:
After reviewing the Medal of Honor worksheet, the teacher will give small groups of students a Medal of Honor
vignette to view so that they may select a recipient to study for a presentation.
Day 2
Small Group Activity:
Students will finish their work by accessing the following websites to gain additional information and acquire
images that can be used for the final product/presentation:
Day 3
Small Group Activity:
Students should finish compiling their information and create a presentation board, PowerPoint presentation,
video presentation, web resource, or other final product that demonstrates their work and completion of the task.
Whole Group Activity:
Students will present their final product to the class.
Concluding Activity:
The teacher will conduct an informal discussion of each project.
Medal of Honor vignettes, computers, Internet access
Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. NY: Artisan, 2006.
Quote: "Your faith in God and your commitment to friends and loved ones will always guide you to take the right action." - Alejandro R. Ruiz, Army-World War II
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Medal of Honor Web Quest

Students will:
Research Medal of Honor websites.
Describe the origin and history of the Medal of Honor.
Annotate a Medal of Honor recipient’s information.
Use the Internet to obtain information.
Introductory Activity:
The teacher will ask students if they have ever earned an award, medal, certificate, or ribbon,
or been recognized in a positive fashion in some other way. Have students explain how they felt
about the award. Ask students if they have ever heard of the Medal of Honor. Review the Medal
of Honor Web Quest sample worksheet with students.
Small Group/Individual Activity:
Students will complete the web quest worksheet.
Whole Group Activity:
Students will review the answers to the Medal of Honor web quest worksheet.
Concluding Activity:
Students will prepare a brief essay to address the following:
Explain what stood out in the web quest activity.
Explain what was the most surprising fact found.
Explain the purpose of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Student worksheets/web quest information
Medal of Honor web quest worksheet
Quote: "In combat, acts of valor come from aiding and defending comrades." - William R. Chavette, Navy-Korean War
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