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No need to look any further. This resource has everything for a solid exploration of the role of African Americans in the Vietnam War. Class members read primary sources, including a Martin Luther King speech, political cartoons of the era, as well as a comic book. All of the discussion questions are included as are the materials. In the end, 11th graders create an informational flyer for King's April 4th, 1967 speech. It includes a synthesis of information they learned throughout.
History classes can explore two different depictions of the Vietnam War experience with this engaging resource. While watching clips of Platoon and reading excerpts from the comic, The 'Nam, students take notes for use in completing a graphic organizer that helps them understand the differing perspectives.
Students view a video clip on Vietnam war veterans. They discuss the video on Vietnam War veterans. Students use the veterans statements about the war to relate it to the decrease in support for the war. They read section 3, and discuss the loss of credibility of the Johnson administration.
Students brainstorm the importance of their family and how every family is important to the growth and development of a country. They read the short biography of Maya Lin included in the activity page link below. Discuss the importance of the Vietnam War Memorial. Emphasize the struggle that the young Asian woman went through after winning a national contest with her design.
Pupils interview their parents and grandparents about life in the 1960's. They then research the policital and social unrest of the time including the Vietnam War. They synthesize the internet and interview information into an esssay.
If you are planning a unit on military history that includes a comparison between the Vietnam War and the Iraq War, this resource may be useful. It lists possible sources for pupils to use to complete the graphic organizer which prepares them for a debate. While the document is dated (2007), it remains relevant. This does not include a rubric or assessment, nor does it explain the procedures for conducting a class debate.
Students share what they know about the Vietnam War before examining how the war was viewed and by people who lived during that period. They write essays expressing opinions on why it is still difficult for Americans to discuss the war.
Students meet Veterans. In this veteran lesson, students interview groups of Veterans from WWII, The Vietnam War, the Gulf War, The Korean War, and our current war. Students collect audio and visual media to create a website dedicated to veterans.
Students analyze selected pieces of art and infer how they reflect a sense of disillusionment, and/or cynicism in American society in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. Then they identify and place cultural attitudes of recent generations of Americans within a historical context. Finally, students identify how art and/or literature and films mirrors a distrust, uneasiness, or cynicism from some Americans about how they view their government and its role.
Eleventh graders examine events leading up to and during the Vietnam War. They research assigned topics utilizing interviews, Powerpoint presentations, timelines, and collages in their presentations.
Eleventh graders examine the year 1968 in Vietnam and the United States. They work together to research events which they create a timeline. They also read primary source documents of veterans of the Vietnam War.
Learners examine the effects of war on civilians. In this Vietnam War lesson, students research and discuss the reasons the Vietnam War began, why America became involved, and what some of the long-term effects of this war were.
Tenth graders examine what hero is and apply it to their study of Vietnam War Heroes from Ohio. They study imagines, design memorials, and write brochures to complete the activity.
Eighth graders investigate the Vietnam War. In this Vietnam War lesson, 8th graders research the escalation of the war during Lyndon Johnson's presidency. Students also explore the domestic programs that Johnson promoted. Students compose comparative essays regarding the topics.
Students read and discuss the short story "The Red Convertible". They participate in extension activities related to each of the three parts of the story, planning a road trip, researching the Vietnam War, and writing a paper on their view of the ending.
Tenth graders evaluate the roles of the U.S. Presidents as they dealt with issues surrounding the Vietnam War. In teams, 10th graders research and compile data in spreadsheets. Using poster board or styrofoam, students create a jigsaw puzzle representing their research on one President.
Young scholars explore the Vietnam War. In this wartime culture instructional activity, students use primary sources to examine the impact of protests and the draft during the Vietnam War. Young scholars create informational posters based on their findings.
Students identify popular songs from 1968 and make connections with the year's current events They recognize popular music as a reflection of the culture. They focus on songs of the Vietnam War era.
In this Vietnam War worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer questions about the war. Students also define 5 terms relating to the war.
In this Vietnam War word search worksheet, students locate and circle 13 significant names and terms pertaining to this time period in world history. A word bank is provided.