America’s Story Ends in Vietnam – for June 3

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WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR! In class May 31

TARGET – I can explain and evaluate the various reasons why people opposed the war in Vietnam.

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 so many Americans oppose the American involvement in Vietnam? That’s your task in class today! 

To begin, read and watch Vietnam War Protests from the History Channel

You will receive a SPECIFIC protest topic that you will share with your fellow protesters in class.  Take a look at the resource(s) below and create SOMETHING that you would use to help spread the word about you reason for opposing the war in Vietnam.  You can make a protest sign with a slogan, a leaflet or pamphlet to hand out, a protest button – you name it!

 

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America enters Vietnam – preparation for May 29-30

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”? Check out the video below and a few of the links if you have a chance. As you read and watch, SUMMARIZE  the basic ideas and events that led to American involvement in Vietnam in a written paragraph.

USE THE FOLLOWING TERMS IN YOUR PARAGRAPH: WWII, Vietnam, France, Ho Chi Minh, communism,Eisenhower, domino theory, independence, division of Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, NLF, Kennedy, military advisors, military coup, Johnson, Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, Rolling Thunder, ground troops

The Causes of the Vietnam War

Throughout the year, we spent some time learning about and reflecting on the life, challenges, impact, and sacrifices of the men and women who served the United States in our various military conflict. While we do not have a great deal of time to spend on the soldiers in the Vietnam War, it is important to examine their experience to understand the conflict, their sacrifice, and the honor they deserve … especially with  our trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in April, our March to the Memorials, and Memorial Day on Monday. If you have the chance (and desire) please spend some time this weekend examining some of the resources below. And, if you get the chance, read To Heal a Nation on Monday – it’s a perfect time to do so.


Sources …

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FIND THE SPY IN THE US – Operation Crypto 2 for May 24/28

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The Forgotten War – for class May 22/23

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OPERATION CRYPTO – Crack the code for your next class!

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My Lesson From the Civil Rights Movement

The stories of the Civil Rights movement are plentiful, and we only had time to dig into a few.  Hopefully you are definitely pulling out some great lessons from the push for equality after WWII. You can also check out lessons from other groups pushing for civil rights with this Civil Rights for All doc from Doc last year.

Now, it’s time to apply that lesson the our society and your life – by completing “My Lesson from the Civil Rights Movement”. Check the assignment – I added some examples from past years!

What lessons have we learned so far?  Take a look:

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I HAVE A DREAM! In class May 14-15

CLICK HERE TO COPY THE NOTICE AND NOTE SIGNPOSTS ACTIVITY

 

 

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Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement is one of the defining events in American history, during which Americans fought to make real the ideals of justice and equality embedded in our founding documents. When students learn about the movement, they learn what it means to be active American citizens. They learn how to recognize injustice. They learn about the transformative role played by thousands of ordinary individuals, as well as the importance of organization for collective change. They see that people can come together to stand against oppression.
Teaching Tolerance

For one of our final topics of study this year, we will be surveying the Civil Rights Movement, one of the major turning points in America’s story … and one that is still being experienced and told. Unfortunately, we will not be able to dig extremely deep into the movement, but we will see many of the seminal moments from the push for equality and make connections to our current society and our own lives.

You will have two different assessments for this Civil Rights Movement – an online quiz (open web) and a small project about a lesson from the movement.

To learn about the movement, you must witness it – your first task is to examine the early events of the movement, find out what happened, and start to examine the the lessons we can learn.  Get going on this!

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The Legacy of WWII – Preparation for May 8/9

The most important global event in the 20th century had a huge impact on the United States specifically and on the world in general.  What was the legacy of the war?  Complete  “The Legacy of WWII” on Google Classroom and check out the resources below to come to class with an idea about the overall impact of the second World War. Take some notes on these materials as well!

Want to be blown away?  Check out ‘The Fallen of WWII” – it’s big.

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