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In class June 9 – It’s a wrap

Sniff, sniff… sorry, I was just dabbing my eyes as I realize that the school year is actually over and you all will never be in my classroom as my young historians again.  The tears are flooding my keyboard as I type, causing probleeems wth tae lttersb;kb lknkl ..

Okay, I pulled it together and can complete the post.  In our final 45 minutes together, please do me a favor and provide some feedback about 8th grade American history.  Thanks!

Click here for the survey.


Then, please help Mrs. Nosbusch with her speech for Wednesday!

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In class June 6 – The Legacy of Vietnam

What is the legacy of Vietnam? Post your responses here or if the first one is full, post here.

What should we teach our children about Vietnam? Excerpt 1Excerpt 2Excerpt 3

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Stories - A great look at the Wall and what has been left there – check out the video starting at 13:00!

The Things They Leave Behind: Artifacts From the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam War: 30 years later | Center for American Progress


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Assignment June 5 – Closing up shop

For your final assignments, young historians …

1) Complete the Cold War online quiz ALONE – open note, open web, open brain!

2) Complete and evaluate your online notebooks – copy and paste the evaluation into a new page and assess your work!

3) Bring Taft peach Jolly Ranchers

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Assignment June 4 – War! What is it good for?

You have already heard that America’s involvement in Vietnam was the most controversial issue of the 1960s and 70s, and the war created the most vocal and varied opposition of any war in our country’s history. What were the reasons for this opposition? Why did some many Americans oppose the American involvement in Vietnam?

That’s your task this evening …

To begin, read the following overviews of the anti-war movement – Fighting the War at Home and Culture of Protest (usmstudent, historyrules) OR check out the Anti-War Movement from OR  Vietnam War Protests from the History Channel.

Next, you will get a specific topic, and your task is to post a note, an image, a video clip, or all of the above of the bulletin board for your period. Take a look at the various resources and jot down some notes, links, and images on a Protest page on your online notebook. Then, go to your class bulletin board and describe your reason for opposing the war in a creative method. Check out the bulletin board for examples. State an opinion, describe a meeting, organize a protest, post some song lyrics, quote an excerpt from a speech, do more than one thing, do something! When you are done, embed your class board on your page.  You will share your reason for protesting the war in class tomorrow!

Bulletin Boards - AntiWar1_2014 /  AntiWar2_2014 /  AntiWar3_2014 / AntiWar4_2014 / AntiWar6_2014

  1. Someone who doubts the what happened in the Gulf of TonkinGulf of Tonkin Resolution, A Somber Lesson
  2. A member of Congress at the Fulbright Hearings / Fulbright Hearings
  3. A member of Students for a Democratic Society
  4. Someone who just read about the Pentagon Papers / Pentagon Papers
  5. A citizen shocked about the Credibility Gap / Credibility Gap
  6. A citizen who viewed a report about My Lai / My Lai
  7. Someone opposing the Draft / Draft
  8. A member of the Milwaukee 14
  9. Someone evading the draft
  10. conscientious objector
  11. Muhammad Ali
  12. A supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr and his opposition to Vietnam / MLK Beyond Vietnam
  13. An African American opposing the war
  14. An American opposed to the incursion into Cambodia / Cambodia incursion
  15. A citizen reaciting to the The Living Room War / The Living Room War
  16. A member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War
  17. Someone who just saw a report on The Tet Offensive
  18. A college professor leading on of the Teach-Ins
  19. A participant in the May Day Protests
  20. A participant in the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam
  21. Someone reacting to news from Kent State
  22. Someone reacting to news from Jackson State
  23. Someone hearing about the Sterling Hall Bombing / Sterling Hall Bombing
  24. Someone opposed to the use of Agent Orange / Agent Orange
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In class June 4 – Get hyper about 1968

1968 – What an amazing year.  I know I could teach an entire week, quarter, even semester on this incredible turning point in American history.  In class today, we are going to examine the year and take some hypernotes – open notes along with hyperlinks, images, embedded videos, and anything else we can find to make some sense out of the year.  Open up a new page in your notebook, and let’s get hyper!

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Assignment June 3 – Annotated Soldier in Vietnam

What was it like to be an American soldier “In Country”? What challenges did they face? What did soldiers say about their experience? Where can you find more information about the sacrifices made by soldiers in Vietnam? For one of your final assignments of the year, we will answer these questions by annotating at least one American soldier in Vietnam. Find a high resolution image of a soldier online (make sure it is a real image, not an actor or re-enactor), save it to your desktop, and load it on Thinglink. Using the platform, annotate your soldier with information links, quotes, and video. Include the following information …

a few basic facts about the men and women that served in Vietnam / a few basic facts about the opposing side (the NVA and VC) / a few basic facts about the geography and climate / a few oral history quotes that help tell the story of men and women in combat / a video link or two

You can use the resources you consulted last night!

Embed the annotated image in a new page in your online notebook!


ALSO – Watch this short Tet Offensive video below AND/OR read about it from the History Channel… we will chat about it tomorrow!

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Assignment June 2 – In Country

We will be taking a look at the lives of the men and women that served in Vietnam in class tomorrow.  Your task this evening is to find out a little bit about American soldiers “in country” by using the resources below. Spend a few minutes reading Chasing Charlie from Bill Lacey at Interact and then clicking through these resources about combat in Vietnam.

In tomorrow’s class, we will be playing a game about American troops and their struggles in combat in Vietnam.  To prepare, follow the “Combat in Vietnam” instructions for your assigned side very carefully.  The voicethread below will help!

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SSSS Rubric – The last one!

Here you go, young historian – the final self reflection for the year.  Please turn it in by Thursday!

Q4 8th grade SSSS Rubric 2013-2014 – DOC

Q4 8th grade SSSS Rubric 2013-2014 – PDF Page 1

Q4 8th grade SSSS Rubric 2013-2014 – PDF Page 2


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Assignment May 30 – The Path to War in Vietnam

You all know that the United States was involved in a major military conflict in Vietnam during the Cold War … but why? What was America’s “path to war”? Using the resources available below, your task this weekend is to write a description in YOUR OWN WORDS of the causes of American involvement in Southeast Asia – in other words, America’s path to war in Vietnam. Pretend you are writing it as a summary for on online encyclopedia or textbook. Your description should …

  • be between two and four complete, well written paragraphs
  • contain the following terms - France, Ho Chi Minh, communism, Ngo Dinh Diem, military advisors, Gulf of Tonkin, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Rolling Thunder
  • be IN YOUR OWN WORDS (remember, it’s easy to check this online)
  • contain two images THAT RELATE TO YOUR WRITING
  • Should end with the first Marines landing in Vietnam in 1965


Need some help? How about …

This voicethread, made a while ago by your favorite 8th grade American history teacher that you have this year (I like to limit my competition)

This cool animation

The Vietnam War from the History Channel

Into Vietnam (Overview) from ABC-CLIO

Timeline of the Vietnam War

Vietnam Online Timeline

Causes of the Vietnam War video below

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