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Students examine the issues surrounding Gulf War Syndrome. In groups, they analyze evidence from the war and medical information. They participate in a debate in which they support their feelings on whether the government of the United States tried to hide this issue from the Americacn public. To end the lesson, they read articles from veterns who suffer from the disease.
Students study the historical background of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. They determine that not all Americans were in favor of the Gulf War and examine the Gulf War Syndrome. They discover that another possible cause pertains to chemical weaponry or fallout from Allied bombing.
What do the homecoming experiences of soldiers who fought in WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan reveal about the politics and culture of the US during the time period of each war? Young historians view The Way We Get By, which tells the story of Maine Troop Greeters, and read excerpts from “Soldiers Coming Home,” and “Homecoming” in preparation for a group research project about the experiences of these soldiers. Resource links, extensions, and adaptations are provided.
Point of view is everything, especially when reporting about the war in Afghanistan. Class members compare and contrast the same event from the war in Afghanistan as reported by five different sources. Learners are also asked to rank the reliability of various sources. Preview the powerful and thought-provoking materials before deciding whether or not to use with your class.
Students survey what it is like to have family members deployed during a war. In this history lesson, students read letters that were written home during many different wars throughout history, then the students write their own letter home, as if they were fighting in a war.
Students examine the constant changing of the Earth's atmosphere. After labeling the layers of the Earth, they identify various processes inside the Earth that can cause gases to be emitted. Using the internet, they research how the burning of the oil fields in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War added to the amount of pollution and effects on the atmosphere.
Explore the shift in politics, population growth, and economy that followed the Cold War. Upper graders begin this journey in 1975 with the postcolonial crises and Asian economic expansion, then moves into the end of the bi-polar world in 1989. They jump back into conflict as they learn about crisis in the Soviet Union and the Gulf War. This presentation concludes with an extensive look at population growth and threats to the environment. Well done!
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.
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.
Students research the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. In this Gettysburg lesson plan, students analyze journals and letters written by the Gettysburg soldiers. Students define Civil War soldier vocabulary words. Students compare and contrast the two drafts of the Gettysburg Address, learn about the leaders of the war in a power point, rewrite 3 paragraphs of the Gettysburg Address, and complete a creative project.