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Sixth graders research Veteran's Day and wars that affected the United States. For this research lesson, 6th graders work in small groups to create an oral presentation based on Internet and conventional research. They complete bibliographies and bookmarks for research materials. They research World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, or the Gulf War/Desert Storm and word process their oral presentations.
In this Vietnam study guide instructional activity, students investigate what led the United States into involvement in the Vietnam War. Students respond to 7 short answer questions based on the instructional activity as well as textbook reading.
Students examine the Gulf of Tonkin incident and investigate the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In this Vietnam lesson, students complete discussion activities about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the approaches of Kennedy and Johnson to the conflict in Vietnam.
High schoolers examine life in Cambodia and Vietnam from 1975-1979, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. They discuss how an otherwise peaceful society could allow such events to take place and write a short paper and complete a culminating project.
Students complete literary analysis and a topic study for Shadow of a Dragon.In this literary analysis lesson, students complete a prewriting about the topics of gangs, Vietnam, and immigrants. Students complete 49 activities related to the topic.
The best part of this presentation about the Cold War is the various pictures, photos, and maps throughout the slides. The timeline of this time period is difficult to follow in the presentation, as well as the details about several main points that are mentioned but not discussed. Perhaps utilized most effectively in the context of your existing lecture, these slides would serve as a way to connect events under the umbrella of  the Cold War.
Young scholars read news articles/television reports about the D.C. protests and other similar war protests. They investigate the laws that relate to such protests. Students present their findings to the class.
Eleventh graders investigate the Tonkin Gulf Incident. In 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.
Eleventh graders study the importance of media through American History.  For this American History lesson, 11th graders develop teamwork skills discovering information regarding an assigned time period.  Students predict and analyze the impact of media in history and today. 
Ninth graders examine different types of primary sources.  In this Social Studies lesson, 9th graders participate in an activity that makes them use higher level thinking skills.  Students complete worksheets on primary sources. 
Students review the history of Wisconsin's immigrant population focusing on Hmong communities. They read memoir accounts of immigrants and answer questions on the reading.
Young scholars examine the wartime killing of civilians in Vietnam through discussion, close reading and research.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a detailed factual story about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Students answer 6 questions responding to the story.
Students research the political climate prior to major American wars of the past, then reflect on the current call for power to confront Iraq. They create posters using newspaper articles and headlines to highlight the major opinions of that time.
Students research protest songs of the Vietnam War era. They search for information on the artists and motivation for the lyrics. They interview people who remember the music from that era and bring back information they found.
Students discuss the role of the media in public opinion. They use the internet to research when the media has had an impact on war. They write an essay about their research and any conclusions they have made.
Tenth graders prepare a report on the social, cultural, and political elements of the 40's and 60's. They interview their parents and grandparents and conduct additional research. They prepare PowerPoint presentations comparing/contrasting the two eras.
Pupils analyze a variety of primary source materials related to lynching (news articles, letters written to or written by prominent Americans, pamphlets, broadsides, etc.) in order to assess the effectiveness of the anti-lynching campaign spearheaded by African-Americans. This resource focuses on Billie Holiday's signature song, "Strange Fruit," a protest song Lewis Allen (Abel Meeropol) wrote in 1938 about the ongoing and intransigent problem of lynching in the American South.
Students read three case studies to focus on how the United States dealt with foreign policy issues. In groups, they read about the decision to drop the atomic bomb, the commitment of troops to Vietnam and wwhether to send troops to Somalia. They discuss the variables involved when dealing with foreign policy issues and write a paper to end the lesson.
Students analyze news articles from the Vietnam War era to describe how POW's and their families were portrayed in the media. In this Vietnam War lesson plan, students write letters from a POW perspective and propose solutions to the POW problem in Vietnam.