The Forgotten War- Korean War


Teacher Name: Darryl Carr Grade Level(s): 9-12 Course: Social Studies

Anticipatory Lesson:


412879304_o[1]_(2).jpg"God Please Protect America" by Jimmie Osborne


412879304_o[1]_(2).jpg"There's Peace in Korea" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Student will be able to demonstrate knowledge in reference:

  • Explain why the United States became involved in the war in Korea
  • Assess the decision to send U.S. and U.N. forces across the 38th Parallel into North Korea
  • Discuss the conflict between Truman and MacArthur, culminating in the latter's dismissal from command
  • Articulate the reasons why the war became unpopular in the United States
  • Identify on a world map foreign countries associated with the Korean War
  • Identify key terms and individuals associated with the Korean War
  • Veterans of the Korean War deserve recognition for their service.
  • First-person accounts of the Korean War make the long-ago and almost forgotten war come alive.
  • Student know the significance of :


    • Douglas MacArthur
    • Inchon
    • 38th Parallel
    • Wake Island Conference
  • On a blank map of Southeast Asia, students should be able to identify the following locations:

    • North Korea
    • South Korea
    • China
    • Taiwan



Materials and technology needed:

  • Internet access
  • Korea: The First War We Lost –Bevin Alexander
  • Korean War timeline handout
  • The Korean War 1950-1953 Map
  • Interview handout sheet
  • Blank map of East Asia

· Korean War Project:
http://www.koreanwar.org/

"I shall go to Korea"
General Douglas MacArthur Defends His Conduct in the War in Korea, April 19, 1951:
"IPublic opinion on Korean War
· Order from President Truman, December 20, 1950:
htt Memorandum from George Kennan to Secretary of State Dean Acheson, August 23, 1950:
Telegram, dated June 24, 1950, from U.S. State Department to President Harry S. Truman regarding reports of North Korean forces invading the Republic of Korea:
radio.jpgMarch 4, 1953: MASH 8055 Interview: A reporter interviews medical technicians at a U.N. advanced surgical hospital on the 38th parallel in Korea. This MASH unit was the inspiration for the film and subsequent television series "M*A*S*H."

This assignment is divided into five activities.
Activity 1 will discussPublic opinion on Korean War The students will view the web link “Public Opinion on the Korean War,”

Activity 2 will focus on the conflict between President Truman and General MacArthur. Students will listen to the taped recording of Truman firing MacArthur. Students will view and respond to General Douglas MacArthur Defends His Conduct in the War in Korea, April 19, 1951.

Activity 3 will follow the decision of the US to cross the 38th Parallel; students will watch Memorandum from George Kennan to Secretary of State Dean Acheson, August 23, 1950

Activity 4 will explore the decision to intervene in Korean. Students will view Telegram, dated June 24, 1950, from U.S. State Department to President Harry S. Truman regarding reports of North Korean forces invading the Republic of Korea


Activity 5 students will interview a Korean War veteran asking specific guided questions about their experience in the war. Students will be given instructions on how to conduct an in-person interview, additionally, giving a handout to follow.

Assessment:
After completing this lesson, students should be able to write brief (3-4 paragraphs) essays answering the following question: Did the war in Korea represent a triumph or a failure of American foreign policy? Students are to include with supporting examples from reading, websites and class discussion.
Student working in groups of no more than three will submit a 1-page summary of the interview of a Korean War veteran.
Building upon what they have learned, in class about the origins and outbreak of the Korean War, students will write as homework a three-paragraph letter to the editor in which they defend Truman's decision to commit U.S. forces to the defense of South Korea. Each paragraph should consist of a general statement as well as at least two facts, drawn from the documents, to defend that statement.

external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png Interview Handout.docx
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png Korean War Timeline.docx
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png SOUTHEAST ASIA MAP.docx
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png RUBRIC FOR KOREAN WAR ESSAY.docx