2017 The Army & the Technology of Warfare @ USAHEC

Primary source-based lessons related to the military’s impact on technological innovation throughout American history.
37 members | 17 affiliated resources

All resources in 2017 The Army & the Technology of Warfare @ USAHEC

[Incidents of the war. A harvest of death, Gettysburg, July, 1863]

(View Complete Item Description)

A Harvest of Death Copied from Gardner's Plate 36. Full Image | Bibliographic Record LC Caption: Incidents of the war. A harvest of death, Gettysburg, July, 1863. Photographed by Timothy H. O'Sullivan, July 1863. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction number: LC-B8184-7964-A By Alexander Gardner Text for Plate 36 in Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, published, 1865-66. Slowly, over the misty fields of Gettysburg -- as all reluctant to expose their ghastly horrors to the light -- came the sunless morn, after the retreat by Lee's broken army. Through the shadowy vapors, it was, indeed, a "harvest of death" that was presented; hundreds and thousands of torn Union and rebel soldiers -- although many of the former were already interred -- strewed the now quiet fighting ground, soaked by the rain, which for two days had drenched the country with its fitful showers.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Thinking Like A Historian

(View Complete Item Description)

The lesson plan can be modified depending on what artifacts you have and what unit you are studying. The lesson is artifact driven so it will depend on what artifacts you have. Once you have the artifacts you want to use you can follow the steps in the lesson. A rubric is included to assess the cooperative learning activity. This lesson plan is written using the PAR (Preparation, Activities, Reflection) format.

Material Type: Lesson

An Infamous Day

(View Complete Item Description)

A possible way to use these sources: * Build Ford Island using a large sheet, with battleships placed in battleship row formation. * Write casualty statistics under each cardboard ship or airplane to generate discussion after the activity. Possible Lesson Process: * 5 paper planes per student * Student sit around the map * Primary source/eyewitness accounts given to students: A narrator of Timeline events; multiple readers for eyewitness accounts * Students are prompted to 'get into position' (on knees) ready for the first wave of attack. * At a signal, in correlation to the narrative - students are signaled to throw 3 of their planes on the island. * The narration of timeline and eye witness accounts continue. * Students are prompted to stand up, be ready for second wave of attack. * Students are signaled to throw the last couple paper planes. * Wrap up with final narrative of timeline, statistic investigation, and listening to FDR's 'Day in Infamy' speech.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Deborah Rowland

Civil War - Photo Analysis

(View Complete Item Description)

Photo pulled from US Army and Heritage Education Center site depicts a group of German volunteers from the 29th Regiment out of New York posing in front of tent with rifles and bugle. First organized in 1861, they were mostly widely know for their Astor Rifles and for being the first German Infantry.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Rhonda Koppelmann

Tragedy in Laos

(View Complete Item Description)

This cooperative lesson plan has students analyze documents from a helicopter crash in Laos during the Vietnam War. At the time of the crash the mission was to evacuate troops that were being attacked by the Vietcong. Two of the bodies were never recovered. Students will analyze documents from the investigation and decide if the two missing Marines were killed in the crash or if they were missing in action. Enclosed in this lesson plan is 14 page paper I wrote that was published on a Vietnam website providing you with all of the necessary background information you may need to supplement your instruction. Included in this lesson are documents and a cooperative learning rubric. This lesson plan was written using the PAR (Preparation, Activities, Reflection) format.

Material Type: Lesson

Threads of Speech

(View Complete Item Description)

We are a society connected by the need for communication whether it be through physical presence, text, phone calls, social media or video chats. During time of war, the need to be connected and stay connected becomes a matter of life or death. The military developed technology to advance the cause of war, which in turn developed the communication culture of society. These documents can be used in a variety of ways to enhance lessons on the history of wartime communications to usage for present day. I would use the image of the dog jumping over the WWI trench as a cut away activity: Show students only a small portion of the image and have them guess what it is, then gradually reveal a little more until the entire image can be seen. I would use the image as an opener for a discussion about wartime communication, eventually leading into the technological uses of military communication. Possible Ideas: Play Operator - send a message around the room to demonstrate miscommunication; Tin can and string phone as a way to demonstrate the use of wire for communication; Morse Code letter writing - some students could be 'code breakers; Follow up: Poster of military communication tools/inventions in a timeline of events

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Deborah Rowland