ACPS Social Studies Classes to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of D-Day
Teachers Have Access to Numerous Educational Resources
June 6, 2019, will mark the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion of WWII, and ACPS secondary social studies teachers have been encouraged to share information with their students about this event and its critical historical significance. On this day, Allied forces conducted the largest amphibious assault in history as they invaded the European mainland, marking the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.
According to Dr. George Brown, Supervisor of Secondary Social Studies, “ACPS teachers have been provided with a plethora of educational resources to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of this event, and I’m certain many have located multiple resources on their own.” These resources range from primary sources, documentaries, Google map images, animated maps, and opinion pieces. Dr. Brown noted that it will be up to each teacher’s discretion to present information that is appropriate to the grade level of the students and content of the course of study.
At Fort Hill High School, Mr. Robby May’s Historical Research Methods class has had the significance of this anniversary at the forefront of learning all year as they produced this year’s documentary on the Greatest Generation which features members from the community who epitomized what it meant to be a member of this generation. Mr. May’s other social studies classes will learn background information about the D-Day invasion and have plans to listen to the original NBC news radio broadcasts from the day as they unfolded; will read diary entries from soldiers; and will participate in a virtual field trip to Normandy.
The individuals who fought for the U.S. in WWII and those who supported their efforts on the home front are often times referred to as the “can-do generation” having survived the Great Depression just prior to the start of WWII. “As U.S. citizens, we should always remember with gratitude the sacrifices and triumphs experienced by the Greatest Generation,” stated Dr. Brown. Mr. May echoed these sentiments, “The significance of the actions of all veterans of WWII is something incredibly hard to measure and something that has dramatically changed the course of world history, paving the way for what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the four freedoms - speech, to worship God in his own way, from want, and from fear.”