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ERIC Number: ED462349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Message Drafted by General Eisenhower in Case the D-Day Invasion Failed and Photographs Taken on D-Day. The Constitution Community: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945).
Traill, David
Planning for "Operation Overlord" had been under way for about a year when General Dwight Eisenhower, commander of all the Allied forces in Europe, was ordered in February 1944 to invade the continent. Thousands of troops from the United States, Great Britain, France, Canada, and other nations were assembled in southern England and trained for the complicated amphibious action against Normandy (France). In addition to the troops, supplies, ships, and planes also were gathered. The three primary source documents used in this lesson, two D-Day photographs and a message drafted by Eisenhower in case the invasion failed, deal with the Normandy invasion. The lesson relates to Article I, Section 8, Paragraphs 11 through 16, of the U.S. Constitution which grants Congress the power to declare war and provide for and regulate a military force. The unit also addresses the success of the military force on D-Day. The lesson correlates to the National History Standards and to the National Standards for Civics and Government. It presents the historical background of the Normandy invasion (with six resources); and suggests diverse teaching activities for classroom implementation, including brainstorming/group discussion, document analysis, research projects, class discussion, creative writing, oral history, and a student research paper. Appended are a written document analysis worksheet and the primary source documents. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: France
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution