What specific factors and conditions made American soldiers in the Vietnam War especially susceptible to PTSD? More so than any other conflict, the Vietnam War has left psychological scars on its American troops. In this real history lesson, students will investigate the physical troubles and mental tribulations that Vietnam veterans underwent while fighting for our country in a controversial war.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a Bell Ringer poll in which they reveal their connection to those with PTSD.
2) Analyze the numbers of veterans of a variety of American conflicts suffering from PTSD.
3) Watch a short video clip to get an understanding of a "search and destroy" mission.
4) Partake in a group activity in which they collectively tead and examine first-hand accounts of Vietnam veterans and the tough decisions they had to make during missions.
5) Listen and discuss an audio recording about how Vietnam veterans responded to the Iraq War and its similarities to the war they fought in.
6) Watch a short video clip of a Vietnam veteran who overcame his PTSD by writing a book.
7) Finish with an exit ticket that asks students to identify three major reasons for Vietnam vets' increased rates of PTSD.
Answer keys and Extend the Lesson resources included!