The Vietnam War
How can you cover the Vietnam War in a week?
Go heavy on the homework!
A brand new workbook!
One workbook for the whole class.
Designed for grades 6-12.
How it works
In class, the teacher examines the role of one President, using maps, photos, quotations.
In class, students do brain games and group analysis based on Bloom’s taxonomy.
Students complete the bulk of the work at home – doing research on the Internet.
Homework is designed for teenagers, especially documentary videos with rock ‘n roll music from the Vietnam era.
All websites are up to date!
Classroom activities based on primary documents:
Most videos are from the Military Channel.
The narrator is politically neutral.
No opinions, just the facts.
The best, most complete explanation of everything.
Both “hawks” and “doves” appreciate this video series.
The Mother of All Tests
676 questions on the Vietnam War.
Presented in logical order so you learn by taking the test.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Most of the lessons are homework on the Internet.
Lesson #1 Graphic organizer The Vietnam War
Lesson #2 Lecture What was the Vietnam War?
Lesson #3 Research The Vietnam War
Lesson #4 Videos Vietnam was the first “television war”
Lesson #5 Graphic organizer The Causes
Lesson #6 Lecture Competition for the Third World
Lesson #7 Group analysis The Truman Doctrine
Test 35 questions
1. President Eisenhower
Lesson #1 Profile Ho Chi Minh
Lesson #2 Lecture with video Ho Chi Minh
Lesson #3 Videos Dien Bien Phu
Lesson #4 Lecture The Geneva Conference, 1954
Lesson #5 Group analysis The Domino Theory
Lesson #6 Mapping SEATO
Lesson #7 Profile President Eisenhower
Lesson #8 Document The Military-Industrial Complex
Lesson #9 Song “Masters of War” by Bob Dylan
Test 48 questions
2. President Kennedy
What did the Vietcong want?
Lesson #1 Document The Vietcong Program, 1962
Lesson #2 Lecture The National Liberation Front
What did the South Vietnamese want?
Lesson #3 Lecture Nationalism & Land Reform
What did the Saigon government want?
Lesson #4 Lecture President Diem did not have the support of the people
What did President Kennedy want?
Lesson #5 Lecture What did President Kennedy want?
Lesson #6 Group analysis “Limited War”
Lesson #7 Videos The Undeclared War, 1962-1964
Lesson #8 Group analysis Counter-insurgency
Lesson #9 Lecture Strategic Hamlets
Lesson #10 Research The Green Berets
Lesson #11 Profile President Kennedy
Test 90 questions
3. President Johnson
Lesson #1 Profile President Johnson
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
Lesson #2 Research The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 1964
Lesson #3 Documents The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 1964
The Air War
Lesson #4 Videos Operation Rolling Thunder
The Ground War
Lesson #5 Videos Search & Destroy
Lesson #6 Videos Guerrilla warfare
Lesson #7 Feature film “Platoon”
Lesson #8 Lecture Agent Orange
Lesson #9 Research Agent Orange
Lesson #10 Videos Napalm
Lesson #11 Group analysis War of attrition
Lesson #12 Famous quotations U.S. officials had serious doubts
Lesson #13 Feature film “The Path to War”
Lesson #14 Lecture Escalation
Lesson #15 Lecture The “Credibility Gap”
Lesson #16 Chart Public opinion polls
Lesson #17 Quotations “Hawks” vs “Doves”
Lesson #18 Lecture “Guns and Butter”
Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech, 1967
Lesson #19 Document Dr. King’s speech
The Generation Gap
Lesson #20 Lecture The Draft
Lesson #21 Lecture No right to vote
Lesson #22 Lecture The New Left
Lesson #23 Research Student protests on college campuses
Lesson #24 Videos The Counter-culture
Lesson #25 Music Music of the Vietnam War
Lesson #26 Student research Woodstock, 1969
Lesson #27 Student research Anti-war demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
Lesson #28 Profile President Johnson
Khe Sanh, 1968
Lesson #29 Videos The siege of Khe Sanh, 1968
The Tet Offensive, 1968
Lesson #30 Lecture The Tet Offensive, 1968
Lesson #31 Videos The Tet Offensive, 1968
Lesson #32 Document Walter Cronkite: "We are Mired in a Stalemate"
Lesson #33 Profile President Johnson
Lesson #34 Videos 1968: The turning-point in the war
The Democratic Convention, 1968
Lesson #35 Student research The Democratic Convention, 1968
Lesson #36 Document The Chicago police
Lesson #37 Lecture The “Chicago Eight”
Lesson #38 Student research The “Chicago Eight”
Lesson #39 Film The “Chicago Eight”
Lesson #40 Political cartoons President Johnson
Test 304 questions
4. President Nixon
Lesson #1 Profile President Nixon
Lesson #2 Research The Phoenix Program
Lesson #3 Research The My Lai Massacre, 1969
Lesson #4 Document Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW)
Lesson #5 Lecture The Secret War in Cambodia, 1969-1970
Lesson #6 Research Killings at Kent State, 1970
Lesson #7 Lecture The Pentagon Papers, 1971
Lesson #8 Research The Pentagon Papers, 1971
Lesson #9 Lecture Vietnamization
Lesson #10 Videos Vietnamization
Lesson #11 Group analysis Vietnamization
Lesson #12 Group analysis Vietnamization
Lesson #13 Game The Nixon Doctrine
Lesson #14 Game The Nixon Doctrine
The 1972 Offensive
Lesson #15 Lecture The 1972 Offensive
Lesson #16 Videos The 1972 Offensive
The Paris Peace Treaty, 1973
Lesson #17 Video The Paris Peace Treaty, 1973
Lesson #18 Lecture The War Powers Act, 1973
Lesson #19 Political cartoons President Nixon
Test 124 questions
5. President Ford
Lesson #1 Profile President Ford
The Final Offensive
Lesson #2 Lecture The 1975 Offensive
Lesson #3 Videos The Fall of Saigon, 1975
Lesson #4 Political cartoons The War in Vietnam
The Results of the Vietnam War
Lesson #5 Graphic organizer The Results of the Vietnam War
Lesson #6 Profile Maya Lin
Lesson #7 Video “The Wall”
Lesson #8 Profile Pol Pot of Cambodia
Lesson #9 Group analysis What lessons can be learned from the Vietnam War?
Lesson #10 Group analysis The Vietnam War
Lesson #11 Group analysis The Vietnam War
Lesson #12 Game The ABCs of the Vietnam War
Lesson #13 Game Can you speak Vietnamese?
Test 73 questions