of those who fought (and currently fight) for our freedom
The following are some visual resources to help young students better understand what Veteran’s Day is all about:
Hyper History Online – an amazing collection of charts, maps, files, and links covering 3000 years of world history.
See a map of WWI and learn more about its history here.
The Letter Home by Timothy Decker shares one soldier’s experiences and perspective of WWI through a letter he writes to his young son.
I write more about this book here.
And although not about Veteran’s Day, The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers is one of my all time favorite picture books honoring those who serve our country.
You can find out more about the book and author here and lots of great activities based on the story here.
The Letter Home by Timothy Decker is a very different type of picture book from the last two I wrote about. Using sparse language and black and white drawings, Decker shows one soldier’s perspective of World War I. Students would need quite a bit of background knowledge or guidance to fully understand the meaning behind Decker’s illustrations, but this is where the book’s value in teaching visual literacy comes in. . . The statements “It started with a boat ride.” and “Some nights were alive with fireworks.” mean so much more when paired with their detailed pictures.
As a side note, the illustrations would also be great to use in art class as examples of shading.