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Students explore American involvement in the Vietnam War. In this research skills lesson plan, students research Internet and print sources regarding the involvement of the United States in the war and the impact of the war on American society. Students create Photostory or Movie Maker projects that feature their research findings.
The strength of this plan, which focuses on the War Powers Act, is in the included supplementary materials. Class members read several provided documents, take notes, and discuss their opinions and then deliberate within small groups or partnerships. The lesson wraps up with a whole-class discussion and essay assignment.
Young scholars research Muhammad Ali's act of civil disobedience. In this civil disobedience instructional activity, students research Ali's defiance of the Vietnam War draft and compare his reasoning to Martin Luther King's thoughts on the war. Young scholars debate nonviolent action and write a response to Ali's violent/nonviolent nature in his life and draft resistance.
Discuss the full travesty of the Vietnam War. Whether it's for history class, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day, this slide show is sure to make an impact on learners in the upper grades. Vivid images, concise language, and the complete causes, effects, and events which occurred throughout the entire war are defined here, including the actions of each president who held office during war time.
Students examine five president's reasons for entering into a war. Using the text, they answer questions and discuss their answers with the class. They also examine President Bush's reasons for going to war in Iraq and how that compares with other president's decisions to go to war.
Eighth graders explore the Cold War Era. In this world history lesson, 8th graders discover the positions taken by countries during the Cold War as they listen to lectures regarding the major events and turning points in the Cold War. Students also read selected text and listen to music regarding the era.
Eleventh graders investigate the Tonkin Gulf Incident. For this Vietnam War lesson, 11th graders conduct research of primary sources about the incident, analyze the sequence of events related to the incident, and decide whether the U.S. reaction to the incident was justified.