Lesson Plan

Vietnam War

A picture can speak 1000 words. Scholars research the Vietnam War through the lens of a camera. Examining photos from the collection of Christopher D. Ammons allows open interpretation of life during one of America's darkest conflicts. They create a new letter home from the vantage point of an American soldier in Vietnam. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a local historian or Vietnam veteran as a guest speaker 
  • Place additional Vietnam photos around the room as a reference
Classroom Considerations
  • Monitor students writing and reflecting on the assessment letters to prevent inappropriate responses 
  • Resource provides extension materials through PBS web site on Vietnam
  • Lesson includes printable worksheets and photographs for classroom use and distribution
  • None