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Lesson Plan: The United States Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor

Lesson Details

Subject: History

Grade level: High School

Duration: 1 hour

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the history and significance of the Medal of Honor
  • Understand the criteria for receiving the Medal of Honor
  • Can explain the impact of the Medal of Honor on military culture and society


This lesson will be delivered through a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities.


  • Textbook or online resources on the Medal of Honor
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Handouts with Medal of Honor criteria and examples
  • Group activity materials (paper, pens, etc.)


  1. Introduction (10 minutes): The teacher will introduce the Medal of Honor and its significance in military culture and society.
  2. Lecture (20 minutes): The teacher will provide a brief history of the Medal of Honor and its criteria for receiving.
  3. Discussion (15 minutes): Students will discuss the impact of the Medal of Honor on military culture and society.
  4. Group Activity (15 minutes): Students will work in groups to research and present on a Medal of Honor recipient.
  5. Conclusion (5 minutes): The teacher will summarize the key points of the lesson and answer any remaining questions.


Assessment will be based on participation in group activities and a short written reflection on the impact of the Medal of Honor.

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This lesson plan complies with the Common Core State Standards for History and Social Studies.

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