Around the world, it’s an occasion to reflect and remember the sacrifice of those who fought and suffered tragic losses in two world wars last century, and in countless other conflicts before and since.
Schools have a special role to play in helping young people engage in remembrance, and develop a deeper understanding of world events in the hope of building a more peaceful future.
As well as offering book selections for students to quietly discover on their own, school libraries host a range of activities related to Armistice/Remembrance Day, including read-aloud sessions, group discussions, guest speaker sessions, and creative activities. The Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria, Australia has produced this comprehensive Teachers’ Guide with resources and explanations to help students understand the history and significance of this solemn occasion.
If you’re searching for more inspiration for your library or classrooms this November, the following sites have plenty of quality resources, including video links, posters, and interactive activities:
Below are some of the entries received in the 2017 Softlink Library Display Competition based on themes such as World Wars I & II and other wars, ANZACs, sacrifice, and auxiliary services. We always love seeing pictures of thoughtful and inspired school library displays. If you’ve created a display for Remembrance Day this year, we’d love to see it! Why not share your pictures on Twitter and tag us @SoftlinkEdu (School libraries in the UK can also enter the SLA School Library Display competition - just add the add the hashtag #schlibrarydisplays.)