Putting Patriotism into Action: Resources for Your Classroom


Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 3.32.45 PMPatriotism is about much more than flying a flag on the 4th of July or being an American citizen. In this webinar for the edWeb.net Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice community, presenter Karen Wilkins, 8th grade U.S. History at Coleman Middle School in Florida, focused on how the stories of Medal of Honor Recipients and Citizen Heroes can inspire students to put patriotism into action by being active members of their communities, schools, and families.  In this session, Karen dove into an academic lesson about Medal of Honor recipient Al Rascon and the obstacles he overcame to serve his country; the service which eventually earned him the Medal of Honor. Identifying himself as “an immigrant by birth, an American by choice” and determined to save the lives of those around him, Rascon is, by his actions, a great example of true patriotism. In addition to sharing his story, Karen explained how any educator can access the stories of other Medal of Honor recipients as well as the recipients of the Citizen Honors award, which is given out yearly by the Medal of Honor recipients to civilians who display the same kinds of qualities as the Medal of Honor recipients themselves.  View this webinar to learn resources to engage students academically while celebrating the patriotism of some of our country’s greatest heroes.

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