CNN Presents Classroom: D-Day: A Call to Courage
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(CNN Student News) -- Set your VCR to record the CNN Presents Classroom Edition: D-Day: A Call to Courage when it airs commercial-free on Monday, July 3, 2006, from 4:00 -- 5:00 a.m. ET on CNN. (A short feature begins at 4:00 a.m. and precedes the program.)
It was the largest seaborne invasion force ever assembled; a bold and daring gamble to save the world from Nazi Germany. D-Day, June 6, 1944, is referred to as one of the key turning points in the 20th century, when more than 100,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France and turned the tide of World War II. CNN Presents Classroom Edition: D-Day: A Call to Courage relates the story of this pivotal World War II invasion through the perspectives of the men who landed on the beaches at Normandy. The program includes rare and insightful commentary from John Eisenhower, the son of the Supreme Allied Commander and future U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and esteemed journalists Douglas Brinkley and Walter Cronkite.
Note to Teachers: Please preview this program as it contains images that some students may find disturbing.
Grade Levels: 10-12, College
Subject Areas: World History, U.S. History, Political Science
Objectives: The CNN Presents Classroom Edition: D-Day: A Call to Courage and its corresponding discussion questions and activity challenge students to:
Standard II. Time, Continuity and Change: Students will learn about the ways human beings view themselves in and over time.
Standard X. Civic Ideals and Practices: Students will examine the ideals, principles and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.
Era 8 -The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945)
Standard 3B -Demonstrate understanding of World War II and how the Allies prevailed.
D-Day was one of the most dramatic events in world history. Organize students into small groups. Refer them to print and online resources to read through eyewitness accounts of the invasion and research the strategies that were used on D-Day. Have student groups role-play teams of war correspondents going ashore with the troops to report on the invasion. Groups can address the trip aboard one of the ships in the invasion fleet, "hitting the beach," the bloody fighting at Omaha Beach or interviews with soldiers. Challenge student groups to create multimedia presentations to share their impressions of the battle. To wrap up the activity, have students select what they think should be remembered about this battle.
Extension: Encourage students to investigate how communities across the country are commemorating D-Day. Discuss why Americans observe this event each year. Invite community members or local war veterans to talk to your class about D-Day, how this event was reported at the time, and whether or not the passage of time has altered perspectives of the invasion.
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