With Memorial Day coming-up later this month, I thought it would be useful to create another “The Best…” list.
An obvious starting place is my previous The Best Websites To Learn About Veterans Day. In addition to the resources found there, though, here are my choices for The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day (that are accessible to English Language Learners):
EL Civics has a good Memorial Day Lesson.
Here’s a Memorial Day Quiz designed for English Language Learners.
The History Channel has a great Memorial Day site.
Social Studies For Kids has a good description of the day called Memorial Day: A Time For Reflection.
Arlington National Cemetery has a large collection of images in their photo galleries.
Here’s a cloze (fill-in-the-blank) exercise from Glencoe about the day.
The Orange County Register has an accessible interactive graphic about Memorial Day.
ESL Holiday Lessons is a good resource that provides audio support for the text.
Memorial Day Across America is an online video from MSNBC.
Paying Tribute is a slideshow about Memorial Day from MSNBC.
Honoring The Fallen is a similar slideshow from CBS News.
Mementos Adorn ‘Saddest Acre’ is a slideshow from CNN.
Honoring Those Who Served Us is a slideshow from MSNBC.
Here’s a list of interesting facts about Memorial Day that wouldn’t be accessible to ELL’s, but teachers could certainly modify them.
Remembering America’s War Dead is a slideshow from MSNBC.
CNN has a slideshow of the same visit.
Take a Memorial Day Quiz for ELL’s.
Memorial Day 2009 is a series of photos from the Big Picture.
Voice of America Special English has an accessible explanation of the holiday and provides audio support for the text.
Memorial Day Observations is a slideshow from The New York Times.
Here’s an audio slideshow of Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.
Flags in remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery is a Washington Post slideshow.
Honoring The Fallen is a CNN video on the same activity at Arlington.
“Iraq & Afghanistan War Casualties” is a pretty amazing interactive graphic from CNN showing all U.S. casualties from both wars.
Cartoonists Honor Heroes is a collection of editorial cartoons related to Memorial Day.
Women In Uniform is a slideshow from MSNBC.
ABC News has several related videos:
Try-out this Pre-Intermediate English Lesson – Memorial Day from ESOL Courses.
How We Bury The War Dead is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
Honoring America’s Fallen Heroes is a slideshow from MSNBC.
Honoring The Fallen is a Fox News slideshow.
Faces Of The Dead is a New York Times interactive.
The Great Unknowns is a New York Times graphic.
Silence, ceremonies mark sacrifice of military is a CNN video.
Memorial Day is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
Memorial Day through the years is a Washington Post slideshow.
The choreography of the changing of the guard is another Washington Post slideshow.
Flags placed at headstones for Memorial Day is yet another Wash Post slideshow.
On Memorial Day, Americans Reflect on Military Service comes from PBS.
Here are some infographics:
Soldiers Pay Respect At Arlington is a CNN video:
Nation celebrates Memorial Day is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Marking Memorial Day is a slideshow from the Wall Street Journal.
Here are several more videos from CNN:
Americans mark Memorial Day 2011 is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.
Memorial Day 2011 is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
Memorial Day Tributes Around the World is a TIME slideshow.
Here’s a history of the bugle call “Taps” and here’s a video of it being played at Arlington Cemetery:
As Memorial Day Nears, a Single Image That Continues to Haunt is from The New York Times.
Memorial Day 1911-1929 is a photo gallery from The LA Times.
7 Things You Didn’t Know About Memorial Day is a slideshow from TIME.
Americans Honor Troops for Memorial Day is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
Memorial Day 2012 is a photo gallery from The Sacramento Bee.
Here are 16 Memorial Day infographics.
100 Faces, 100 Hours is a CNN interactive.
Native American veterans push for recognition is from Fox News.
The Meaning of Memorial Day is from TIME For Kids.
Readers’ Memorial Day Rituals is from The New York Times.
Memorial Day: Behind its meaning and traditions is a slideshow from MSN.
Remembering the fallen on Memorial Day is a photo gallery from USA Today.
Sacred Ground: A Portrait of Arlington National Cemetery is a slideshow from LIFE.
A Day for Remembering is a slideshow from The New York Times.
Memorial Day in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers is from Edutopia.
Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day is from NPR.
Congress To Award Highest Honor To Army’s Only Latino Unit is also from NPR.
Celebrating Memorial Day and Looking Ahead is from The New York Times Learning Network.
Bedrooms of the Fallen: Honoring the Casualties of War is a photo gallery from TIME.
Presidential Proclamation — Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2014 is from The White House.
Memorial Day Lesson Ideas, Grades K-5 is from The NEA.
The First Memorial Day is by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic.
Memorial Day: 7 Historical Facts About the Holiday is from Live Science.
American Memorial Day is by Wendi Pillars.
220,000 American flags posted at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day is a video and article from a Virginia TV station.
Sacrifices Set in Adorned Stone is a photo gallery from The New York Times.
A Real Story of Memorial Day is from The Atlantic.
Every American war death since 1914, in one chart is from Vox.
The First Decoration Day is from The Zinn Education Project.
100 faces, 100 hours is a CNN interactive.
Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day? is from TIME.
Where You Live May Reveal How You’re Spending Memorial Day is from NBC News.
Read Write Think has a Memorial Day activity.
Forgetting Why We Remember is from The New York Times.