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Students discover how the United States became involved in the Vietnam War, the importance of the Tet Offensive in turning American public opinion against the war, and how the Vietnam War is still a part of American life and culture.
Students view and discuss The 25 Greatest Protest Songs video as compiled by VH1. They focus on when and why each of the songs were written, looking for patterns.
By learning about 1960's protest songs, and the politics of the era, students can broaden their understanding of music and history.
High schoolers analyze the feelings of Americans regarding the Vietnam War. In this Vietnam War lesson, students collaborate to research Internet and print sources regarding the perspectives on U.S. involvement in the war. High schoolers participate in a simulation that requires them to consider how they would react to being called to service in Vietnam.
Students consider opinions regarding the Vietnam War. For this Vietnam lesson, students compare Nixon and Johnson's policies about the war. Students also research the anti-war movements as well as the sentiments of the those how supported the war. Students also examine John Kerry testimony before the foreign relations committee.
Students analyze recent anti-American protests around the world, using Pakistan as a starting point. They read and discuss, In Streets of Pakistani Cities, Cries of 'Death to America! students develop and present case studies of protests.
Students analyze the lyrics of protest songs as a catalyst for social change. They discuss the influence of music on behavior and explain the use of music as a means of self-expression.
Students examine reasons why many Americans opposed the Vietnam War. In this world history activity, students view a Powerpoint of anti-war images and a timeline of events that led to the war. Students examine speeches made by John Kerry and Martin Luther King Jr. and identify reasons for the anti-war movement.
Students explore the Vietnam War. In this wartime culture lesson plan, students use primary sources to examine the impact of protests and the draft during the Vietnam War. Students create informational posters based on their findings.
Learners explore world trade issues. In this economics lesson plan, students read "Opening Doors to Vietnam," and discuss the trade negotiations between Vietnam and the Untied States. Learners conduct further research on the topic and interview Vietnam vets or protesters about their opinions on the negotiations.
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 comprehend how the United States became involved in what one historian called the quagmire. Students identify and analyze the importance of the Tet Offensive in turning American public opinion against the Vietnam War. Students identify how the Vietnam War is still a vital part of American life and culture. Students encourage active learning by holding an in-class debate between pro- and anti-war views.
Each phase of the Vietnam War is fully developed and defined in terms of political cause and effect and social action. Phase one covers the onset of the war in 1945 through the French defeat at Dienbienphu. Phase two discusses American military escalation and involvement beginning with the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Phase three covers the Nixon Presidency and the end of the war. Really informative!
Music tells fascinating stories when it comes to wartime protest. Researchers analyze some familiar tunes to determine what they reveal about the political and social climate of Vietnam War-era America. They also discuss ways music operates as a protest tool. Kids will enjoy the linked PowerPoint, which features Lady Gaga as a discussion starter to get scholars thinking about what current music trends reveal about modern society. The presentation also discusses strategies for song analysis, and you may consider having learners take notes. They analyze a protest song (linked) together using a graphic organizer and then choose one of their own from one of the linked resources, preparing a presentation to explain its significance to the class. Use the rubric for easier assessment!
Students investigate how art and music define and unify a social movement. They decide how art and music can act as symbols of protest. They view both contemporary and historical examples of art as a tool for protest and design an art project and an opera about a current social issue.
The United States National Security Agency described it as one of "the great achievements in military engineering of the twentieth century. Support your classroom study of the Vietnam War with this brief but effective video, which describes the political, strategic, economic linchpin that was the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Students explore protest songs. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students examine issues-based music by summarizing lyrics and revealing inferences, generalizations, conclusions, and points of view found in the songs.
Students research Muhammad Ali's act of civil disobedience. In this civil disobedience lesson, students research Ali's defiance of the Vietnam War draft and compare his reasoning to Martin Luther King's thoughts on the war. Students debate nonviolent action and write a response to Ali's violent/nonviolent nature in his life and draft resistance.
Students explore Vietnam War from Afrocentric perspective, examine experiences of black people both at home and in war zone, and write three to five page response to quote by W.E.B. DuBois regarding race relations and Vietnam War.