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!
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?
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!
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!
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
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!
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)