Lesson Plan: Bataan Death March
Time: 1 hour
In this lesson plan students will be able to make assumptions about a historical event, then either confirm or deny those assumptions based on the evidence they are given. Students will also consider the effects of power on historical writing. This lesson plan is structured around the “5 E Method”: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. Information on the Bataan Death March can be found through Pacific Atrocities Education or the book Philippines' Resistance: The Last Allied Stronghold in the Pacific.
Students will answer the following questions based on the image provided. This will touch on students’ previous knowledge of military conflict before being introduced to the Bataan Death March.
Students will be given background on the Bataan Death March, as well as a personal account of the experience from soldier Lester Tenney.
Students will share and discuss their work either as a class or in groups. Provide guiding questions to supplement this discussion.
Have students consider if the person whose point of view they have chosen, would likely have their story told. Students should also consider which stories might be told if not the ones they have chosen.
Students will use reflective questions to consider the impacts of power on historical narrative.