Walking by the Wall: A Virtual Trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Walking by the Wall: A Virtual Trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

by Hsiao-chien Lee

To many tourists the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a "must-see" spot in Washington D.C. For students who cannot really make the trip, this lesson provides them a virtual trip. Through this lesson they do not only see what the Wall is like but also read about it. They may come up with deeper thoughts toward wars or make life connections.

Lesson Topic – War Theme Unit

Grade/Proficiency Level:

Grades 6-8 intermediate to advanced ESL

Content goals:

Students will learn about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Students will be able to express and share their thoughts and attitudes toward wars.

Language goals:

Students will listen to a picture book about the Wall, read an introductory text about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and use the English language to express their thoughts and to discuss within a group.

Materials:

The Wall, picture book by Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler; photos downloaded from Google Search Image; KWL chart; an introductory text about the Wall downloaded from the website; a video clip from Youtube; excerpts on the panels of the Wall, downloaded from the website.

Vocabulary:

veteran, memorial, panel, construction, design, casualty, dedicate

Instructional Sequence:

Resource Picks

Virtual Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Virtual Wall provides a web site for memorials to those 58,249 women and men who are named on "The Wall", the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, USA; those military persons who gave the "ultimate sacrifice" for their country. Visitors may leave tributes, letters, poems, photos, and other memorials to someone named on The Wall for other visitors to view. The goal is to provide an environment like The Wall itself, with the dignity and respect those named on The Wall have earned.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
This website gives the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Students can learn the background on the selection of the design and what the designer intended.

VietNam Moving Wall Memorial
This is a narrated tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. with interviews with Vietnam Vets who are visiting the Wall.

About the Author

Hsiao-chien is an EFL teacher at Municipal Kaohsiung Girls’ High School in Taiwan.