Bringing the Great War Home: Teaching with the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
—A Free World War I Teacher’s Guide Now Available—
PR Newswire – Arlington, Virginia, May 14, 2015— The American Battle Monuments Commission in conjunction with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) and Virginia Tech (VT), and with support from the World War I Centennial Commission, has released Bringing the Great War Home: Teaching with the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, a free World War I Teacher’s Guide. Available for download via iBook or directly available on the ABMC website, this guide includes lesson plans and ideas developed by teachers to help students better understand the service, experience and sacrifice of Americans that served and died during the Great War. These lesson plans and lesson ideas cover a range of topics that can be applied in various subject areas, such as history, art, math, and English.
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This partnership, a first-of-its-kind for ABMC, created a teacher-scholar program that matched a team of education experts with middle and high school teachers to create hands-on curriculum using the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France. “It is our belief that the best people to develop classroom resources are teachers,” said ABMC Secretary Max Cleland. “In a real sense they are “in the trenches” and know best how to connect young Americans with the past.” This professional development program provided the resources, support and opportunities for the teachers to craft inquiry-based units and lessons that were grounded in best practices as well as Common Core and state standards.
This free resource includes 10 chapters, along with supporting materials such as videos, photos, and classroom handouts:
- Building the Chronology of the Meuse-Argonne
- The Journey from America's Cities and Farms to European Battlefields
- The Service and Sacrifice of the American Soldier in World War I
- The Weapons of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive
- Getting to the Heart of the World War I, Using Maps, Statistics, and Other Resources
- "Madame, can you spare a potato?", How Narrative Inquiry Can Be Used as Pedagogy to Understand the Soldier Experience
- The Place of Photography and Art in World War I
- The Role and Power of the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Honoring Sacrifice and Service
- The Experiences of African American Soldiers During World War I
- WWI through the Eyes of the United States Soldier
Established in 1923 by Congress, ABMC is a U.S. government agency charged with commemorating the service, achievements and sacrifice of the U.S. Armed forces where they have served overseas since 1917. ABMC administers our nation’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and federal memorials.