Origins of the war, course of the war, the anti-war movement, election of 1968, end of the war
Vietnam and the 1960s unit contains 6 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Vietnam and the 1960s Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
Origins of the Vietnam War
Students begin by sharing prior knowledge about the Vietnam War. Then, they learn about the origins of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and acquire facts. Next, they analyze the domino theory as it relates to U.S. interventions against communism. Finally, they evaluate a group of arguments for and against U.S. intervention in Vietnam.
The Vietnam War
Students watch a video in which a Vietnam War veteran reminiscences about his battle experiences. Then, they analyze major issues of the war, including the escalation and the Tet Offensive. Next, they research a timeline of the war and make their own of major events during the war. Then, they study the constitutional issue behind the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the War Powers Act of 1973. Finally, they reflect on the heroism of Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The Anti-War Movement
Students view Vietnam War protest photos and videos and give their views on the protests. Then, they consider the effects of the anti-war movement on American history and popular culture. Finally, they learn the reasons for passage of the 26th Amendment and discuss its impact.
The Election of 1968
Students view primary source video of the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Then, they study the convention and its political context in more detail. Next, they learn about Richard Nixon’s election as president in 1968. Finally, they use the candidacy of George Wallace as an entry point for learning about and evaluating the role of third-party political candidates in the United States.
The End of the Vietnam War
Students engage with two issues arising from the fall of Saigon: boat people and “black ops” to evacuate South Vietnamese from Vietnam. Then, they learn about the events leading to the war’s end. Next, they analyze long-term consequences of the war. Finally, students create an infographic about the postwar experience of Vietnamese emigrants.