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Medal of Honor: What Does It Mean?

Suggested Level

Suggested Applications

Middle and High School History, Language Arts

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

Download lesson to view the Medal of Honor Presentation Project/Sample Worksheet.