This resource includes 3 interactive notes pages (see below for more information pertaining to one of the interactive notes pages) relating to the landmark Supreme Court case New York Times v United States (The Pentagon Papers Case) and 2 interactive notes pages for the landmark Supreme Court case United States v Nixon.
This resource would be appropriate for a middle or high school-level American Government or United States History course. I've used this resource with students who struggle with note-taking and organization skills. I have also used this resource as a test-prep/study guide tool for my United States History students. This resource could also be used as extra credit work or used as a "sub day" activity.
No prep is needed as links and QR codes are included.
Pentagon Papers Interactive Notes Page/Activity:
This activity will work with either “The Pentagon Papers” film (Rated R) or the documentary, “The Most Dangerous Man in America.”
Students will answer questions about the film “The Pentagon Papers” or the documentary “The Most Dangerous Man in America” from the perspective of the individual they were assigned.
Randomly assign the following individuals:
Henry "Harry" Rowen
Once students are assigned an individual, ask them to cut out the individual’s face and paste the face on the 3-D figure on their worksheet. As students watch the film, they will answer questions about the role in the Pentagon Papers story from the perspective of the individual they were assigned.
Alternative use: Copy Film Guide Character sheet back-to-back and assign each student Daniel Ellsberg and one other randomly assigned individual from the key figures listed above.
Extension: If time permits, divide class into groups of six (with students representing Ellsberg, Sheehan, Nixon, Russo, Rowen, Patricia Ellsberg)in each group.) Take turns discussing responses to the questions on the film guide.