War, what is it good for? The Vietnam Conflict

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

Anticipatory Lesson :

Type of classroom activity to be performed:
This lesson will be a cooperative learning activity using primary sources, internet research and group discussion maps, to address cross-curricular studies with a writing and multi-media assignment.

Rationale: This lesson will allow students to become active participates in the Vietnam Conflict by assuming the role(s) of various groups who served in Vietnam. Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

Required time frame: 4-6 regular class periods.

Lesson Objectives—the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge in reference:
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct internet research
  • Formulate questions which leads to the answer of overarching questions
  • Design a “scavenger hunt” as a group with questions and internet linked resources
  • Work in small groups to present multiple ideas and discussion on a single subject matter
  • Create a five member panel discussion group

Primary Sources:

Secondary Sources:
· The War in Vietnam-A Story in Photographs
· **http://www.newseum.org/warstories/interviews/mov/wars/war.asp?warID=3**
· Film “Battlefield Vietnam: A Brief History”
· Scavenger Hunt handout
· Self-reflection handout

Technology Required:
· Computer access with internet access

Fully describe the activity or assignment in detail. What will both you and the students do?
Find out the students prior knowledge about the Vietnam Conflict. Do they have family members, or neighbors who fought in the war? Ask the students besides soldiers, who else served in the war? Make a list on the whiteboard of the people the students’ name. After the list is completed, pass out the “Scavenger Hunt” handout. Review the handout with the students to make sure they understand the project. Have the students’ number themselves from one thru eleven, until all students have a number. Based on the students’ number they will become one of the persons on the handout. Group the students’ according to their number/person.
Using the internet along with the given web sources, students’ will begin to investigate what it was like to be said person (e.g. A student picks a “photojournalist/reporter”; they will research the occupation and put together a detailed description of their job in Vietnam). Initially, the students’ will be able to “see” the war through the lenses of different persons serving in Vietnam.
On the fifth and sixth class session, each group will convene and form a panel discussion group. Each panel should be comprised of different war occupants (e.g. a nurse, solider, civilian, etc). The panelist will not only discuss their research, but also be able to answer the overarching question: “what was the effect of the Vietnam War on the particular group?” Additionally, each student will complete and turn in a “self-reflection” of the assignment.