Remembering Pearl Harbor

The day that would live in infamy, December 7, 1941, saw the attack on Pearl Harbor that drew the United States into World War II. We mark the day with remembrance each year and remember the people who served and those who lost their lives in the attack. Help your students understand the historical context of the event and the experiences of those who were there by studying these resources and reflecting on their meaning.


FEATURED RESOURCE

Pearl Harbor Speech to the Congress of the United States President Franklin Delano Roosevelt December 8, 1941
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Audio

December 7, 1941 was a date that would live in infamy: The attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the United States into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech, filled with pathos and patriotism, moved a reticent and lethargic Congress to declare war. A Speech Guide and Speech Transcript accompany the audio.


LEARN

Stories from the Day of Infamy
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Provides eyewitness accounts of the Attack on Pearl Harbor from veterans and civilians. NOTE: This segment contains content that may not be appropriate for all viewers. Please preview before sharing in class.
 
Pearl Harbor: The Heroes Who Fought Back
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Chronicles the events surrounding the Battle of Pearl Harbor and the loss of more than 2,000 lives on December 7, 1941 and focuses on a select group of United States military personnel and civilians that countered the Japanese attack.
 
Lasting Memories of Pearl Harbor
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Interviews US Navy veterans about the painful memories that linger from the Attack on Pearl Harbor. NOTE: This segment contains content that may not be appropriate for all viewers. Please preview before sharing in class.


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Studying and analyzing the events at Pearl Harbor and the consequences of the attack will call on students to apply more than one cognitive skill. Use the strategy Get Your Thinking Hat On from the SOS series, a strategy that is used to look at information from a variety of angles, to encourage students to focus on one aspect of a piece of media about the events. After students have a chance to read, watch, and listen to the resources, have them work to identify their responses based on their assigned angle and then regroup to discuss the material from all angles.


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