Experiencing War

  • The Assault on Normandy | D-Day 360

    Learn about the experiences of men on the battlefield during D-Day from Sergeant Harley Reynolds, and the importance of soldiers in executing military objectives within the chaos of battle. Reynolds was involved in the second wave of the attack on Normandy, and was stuck behind a wall of barbed wire where he could hear bullets killing fellow solders around him. He describes breaking through the barbed wire with the help of another soldier. Retired colonel Len Fullenkamp explains how the carefully orchestrated plan for the invasion fell apart in the chaos of battle and how success of the operation lay in the hands of soldiers like Sergeant Reynolds.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • WWII Prairie Memories | Diverse Experiences

    Listen to stories about WWII, as recounted by sailor John Beston, army nurse Marcy Korda, RCAF pilot Leonard Jorgenson, navy ship fitter James Fritz, army sergeant Earl Roesler, and RCAF mechanic Roy Empson, in this episode of WWII Prairie Memories.

    World War II veterans are extraordinary — their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured our freedoms. WWII Prairie Memories is a collection of veteran voices as well as a piece of history that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experience that define this generation of heroes. The episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at Veterans Bonanzaville in West Fargo, ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora, ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo, ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead, MN; and Morris Legion, Morris, MB.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Atomic Bomb

    The decision to drop the atomic bomb caused political, social, and environmental changes that had unintended consequences for years to come. World War II veterans account their experiences with the atomic bomb in this KACV educational unit. The group includes video interviews with three veterans and a lesson plan.

    Grades: 8-12
  • Battle of the Bulge

    In this KACV educational unit, veterans recall their experiences in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. The unit includes videos, a lesson plan, lecture notes, and group project guidelines.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Battle of Midway

    The Battle of Midway was a major turning point in the Pacific for the United States during World War II. This KACV educational unit includes a video interview with a World War II veteran.  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 4-12
  • VE Day

    Students will learn about VE day, or Victory in Europe Day, through this KACV educational unit on WWII. The unit includes videos of veterans recalling related events, a lesson plan, instructions for an audio project, and lecture notes.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Pearl Harbor

    In this KACV educational unit about World War II, students will learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Students will consider whether the attack could have been prevented and learn that proper communication is vital to protect society and to prevent conflict. The unit includes video interviews with WWII veterans, a student research handout, and a lesson plan.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Holocaust

    In this educational unit from the KACV's local perspective on "The War," students will learn about the Holocaust. The unit includes firsthand video accounts from five veterans, activities, a template for creating presentations and a presentation rubric.

    Grades: 6-12
  • WWII Personalities

    Students will identify common characteristics exhibited by strong leaders and give examples of these traits as demonstrated by WWII personalities George Patton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George Marshall. This unit includes videos of war veterans speaking about their experiences with these famous individuals, fact sheets, a lesson plan and activities. Students will create a mock "Myspace" page for each of the WWII personalities in the unit.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Leapfrogging

    Students will see the significance of the Allies’ tactic of neutralizing Japanese strongholds with air and sea power and moving on, leaving them to “die on the vine.” This tactic, called “leapfrogging,” was a major factor contributing to the Allies’ victory on the Pacific Front. This unit includes video interviews with WWII veterans, a lesson plan, a project instructions worksheet and a project score sheet.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Library of Congress: Media Gallery | Japanese American Internment During World War II

    “Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." In cities and towns up and down the West Coast, prominent Japanese Americans were arrested, while friends and neighbors of Japanese Americans viewed them with distrust. Within a short time, Japanese Americans were forced out of their jobs and many experienced public abuse, even attacks. When the president issued Executive Order 9066 in February 1942, he authorized the evacuation and relocation of “any and all persons” from “military areas.” Within months, all of California and much of Washington and Oregon had been declared military areas. The process of relocating thousands of Japanese Americans began. This set of primary resources includes photos depicting this time period, as well as a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Buffalo Soldiers in New Mexico

    In this video, members of the Buffalo Soldiers Society of New Mexico share insights into the history of the Buffalo soldiers and how they contributed to New Mexico achieving statehood in 1912. They tell us of the challenges these soldier's faced, their hard work, and particularly of their bravery during the battle with Apache Chief Victorio at the isolated Massacre Canyon in the Black Range Mountains of southern New Mexico. The Buffalo Soldiers primary duties during the post civil war were to protect isolated settlements and to establish towns throughout the southwest. The soldiers established mail and stage routes across the west and maintained law and order throughout the southwest region. They guarded important mountain passes, water holes, isolated settlements and many other tasks. The Buffalo Soldiers got their name from the plains Indians not only because of their wooly-like hair but also because of their unmatched courage and their superior fighting skills.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Rebel: Loreta Velazquez Civil War Soldier and Spy | Media Gallery

    It is estimated that between 500 and 1,000 women went into military service during the American Civil War, yet their contributions to major events of that era are often overlooked, misunderstood, misrepresented, or undocumented. Using excerpts from the documentary film Rebel: Loreta Velazquez Civil War Soldier and Spy and the remarkable story of Loreta Velazquez as a guide, students will: consider how factors such as gender and race shape our understanding of history.


    Grades: 6-12
  • Angus Augustus Burleigh, Civil War Soldier | Drama Based on Historical Characters

    In this video segment, writer/actor Hasan Davis portrays Angus Augustus Burleigh, a slave who fought for the Union army during the Civil War.

    This resource is part of the Drama Based on Historical Characters collection.

    Find additional arts resources for your classroom at the KET Arts Toolkit website.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Civil War | History Detectives

    The Civil War (1861-1865) is America’s bloodiest war to date. It cost close to 1,100,000 casualties and claimed over 620,000 lives. These lesson plans and videos are based on History Detectives episodes that examine a variety of artifacts—a weapon, an early photograph, a letter, a piece of pottery—highlighting African-American involvement in the Civil War. They offer students opportunities to research and create paper or interactive biographical posters, delve into the intersection of military and social history, and survey slave art and culture.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Frank Luke: WWI Hero

    In this video, students learn about Lt. Frank Luke of Phoenix who was stationed in France with other WWI troops as an army aircraft fighter. Luke was credited with shooting down 18 enemy aircraft including several enemy observation balloons. Throughout his flight escapades, Luke was so good at shooting down his enemy that his fellow soldiers nicknamed him the "Arizona Balloon Buster." On his last aircraft attacks on enemy air balloons, Luke was killed in action. Today, Arizona remembers its fallen soldier with the Luke Air Force base, named after Lt. Frank Luke.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Rescue Mission in Vietnam | Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story

    Against all odds, Navy SEALs Mike Thornton and Tom Norris saved lives—and earned two Medals of Honor—in Vietnam. Learn how these brave men risked everything to complete their mission, treading water for hours, surviving bullet wounds, and even calling in an American destroyer to bombard their position. After they returned to the U.S., both men were awarded the military’s highest honor, marking the only time in history that one Medal of Honor recipient has saved the life of another.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Rise of Al-Qaeda and Fight in Somalia | Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story

    On October 3, 1993, a Navy SEALs helicopter was shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia, as part of a raid aimed at capturing Somali faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid. Learn how this event, which inspired the book and movie Black Hawk Down, changed U.S. foreign policy forever.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Courage Under Fire: William Hoopes | WWII: Pacific

    World War II veteran William Hoopes remembers the bravest men he met during the war in this interview from the Georgia World War II Oral History Project.  

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Fallen Soldier - William Hoopes | WWII: Pacific

    World War II veteran William Hoopes discusses a rescue attempt that made it into the war biography Flags of Our Fathers in this interview from the Georgia World War II Oral History Project.

    Grades: 6-12