Since today is Veteran’s Day, I wanted to share our improved edition of the Vietnam Wall project which our English 3AP students have created over the last four years. Students research the lives of individual soldiers who fell in Vietnam, including interviews with family members, and then create video projects recounting the soldier’s life. We have been compiling the videos into our own “virtual wall” here.
It’s been an excellent way to really engage students in the power of firsthand research–for many of these soldiers, our students are the first ones to tell their life stories online. The feedback we receive from their family/friends is incredibly moving and real. It turns research into a living entity for our students and into something meaningful for those far beyond the walls of our school.