The Soldier's Tale History Curriculum Guide
The title character in the story is a soldier. Let's find out information about our own US military/
- There are five branches of the military in the United States- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard. You can find information on each branch of the military at Today's Military. Visit Ben's Guide to the Government and scroll down to the "Defense and National Security" section for some links.
- Each military branch has its own song. Here are links to the songs for each branch with slideshows:
- Anchor's Aweigh (Navy), Wild Blue Yonder (Air Force), The Halls of Montezuma (Marines), The Army Goes Rolling Along (Army), Semper Paratus by John Phillip Sousa (Coast Guard).
Stravinsky composed The Soldier's Tale at the end of World War I. Learn about "The Great War" with these resources:
- This timeline of World War I gives brief explanations of each major event.
- Here is a website with many links for teachers, and also for students. It includes lesson plans, power points, virtual tours, etc. Definitely worth exploring.
- These flashcards help to learn about the events of WWI
- Check out this list of books about World War I (amazon.com).
- Here is the military phonetic alphabet, used in part to avoid mistakes in communication especially brought about by similar sounding letter names (such as D and B, or P and T). Practice spelling your name with this alphabet. Then try to pass messages to your siblings, parents or friends.
- Another communications system is morse code, which is made up of dots and dashes. This system dates back to the 1830's and was invented by Samuel Morse.
- The soldier in the story carries an image of Saint Joseph. In the Catholic tradition, there are men and women of the faith who have been venerated as saints and who have specific spiritual jobs and blessings to give. St. Joseph the carpenter, who was the earthly father of Jesus in the New Testament, is the saint of workers and labor.
- Here are some paintings of Saint Joseph. (You only need scroll through the first 2 or three page sections to find some nice examples.)
- Alphabetical list of saints to explore
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