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Dr. Mary Walker: Citizen with Honor

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

Middle and High School American History, History, Civil War

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
Worksheets (Download lesson to access worksheets)

HerStory - Dr. Mary Walker