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A Belated Honor

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

Middle and High School History, Language Arts, Vietnam War

Students will:
• Effectively use before, during, and after reading strategies.
• Use context clues to understand word meanings.
• Interpret soldiers’ words and actions in the context of civic responsibility.

Medal of Honor Focus: Alfred Rascon, Specialist Fourth Class, U. S. Army Reconnaissance Platoon,
  Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade / Vietnam War

Introductory Activity:
The teacher will ask students to respond to the following: "Have you ever done something that
you were proud of, but you were never acknowledged for it? Explain your response."

Whole Group Activity:
Read the profile of Alfred Rascon.

Revisit the original prompt. Discuss Alfred Rascon's actions as they relate to receiving the Medal of Honor.

Small Group/Individual Activity:
Elaborate on Rascon’s feelings about his ethnicity. Why do you think his friends acted as they did?
How do his feelings about his ethnicity compare to your own? Discuss your responses in small groups.

Whole Group Activity:
View the Alfred Rascon vignette and complete the viewing guide.

Concluding Activity:
Respond to one of the three essay prompts.

Completed viewing guide, essay

Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty. NY: Artisan, 2006.

In Their Own Words - Alfred Rascon