Lesson Plan

Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial

This Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial lesson plan also includes:

Young historians use primary source materials to investigate the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Arizona. After reading background articles and studying maps and images of the attack, class members consider whether the USS Arizona Memorial or any war memorial effectively keeps the memory of war alive.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource as a part of a study of World War II and/or on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7th
Classroom Considerations
  • The three maps, two readings, two charts, and five photos may be loaded on classroom computers or printed, copied, and distributed to class members
  • Presumes a protocol is in place to permit a safe, respectful discussion of the attack
  • The plan is richly detailed
  • Discussion questions accompany each reading and image
  • Investigators compare how the bombing is reported in their textbooks to how the story is presented in Japanese textbooks
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