Lesson One – Vietnam War Time Line

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To prepare for an in-depth study of the Vietnam Era, class members research and create a timeline that tracks the United States' involvement in Southeast Asia and especially Vietnam.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the class into 10 groups, assign each a difference episode of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's documentary The Vietnam War, and have them craft a presentation about their episode
Classroom Considerations

  • The answer key erroneously lists the date of the passing of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution as June, 1971 (it was passed on August 7, 1964); therefore, the matching card is invalid, as is the answer sheet, and would need to be corrected before printing
  • Requires considerable prep time to prepare and laminate materials
  • The activity focuses on events that stirred antiwar sentiment


  • The timeline activity identifies key events that provided fuel for the antiwar sentiment

  • While the concept of the lesson, creating a timeline, is worthwhile, the document can not be edited to correct the inaccuracies