Lesson Plan

The Vietnam War (1945 – 1975)

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Have you ever wanted to do something so perfectly you wound up not doing it well at all? Young historians use primary and secondary documents to analyze the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. The issues surrounding the conflict culminate in a final essay explaining just why the United States felt a need to go to war in Southeast Asia. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate a CBS News video clip of Walter Cronkite talking about Vietnam in 1968
  • Split class in half and debate the total cost of the Vietnam War for all involved as a review
  • Place a large map of Vietnam during the time of the war in the front of the classroom for all to see during the unit
Classroom Considerations
  • Pace lesson to allow adequate writing time for the final essay project 
  • The seventh installment of an eight-part series
  • Resource provides multiple primary and secondary documents for classroom use
  • Includes printable worksheets, maps, photos, and materials on the Vietnam War
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