First students must read (or watch) Nixon's Silent Majority Speech to the nation and John Kerry's address to Congress representing the VVAW (both speeches have audio and video available). This constructed response prompt should be used to assess students understanding of the main ideas presented while contrasting the two men's arguments.
: Analyze the conflicting information within Nixon’s “Silent Majority” speech and John Kerry’s address to congress on the subject of the Vietnam War. Where do these men disagree in both fact and opinion on the Vietnam War?
A graphic organizer is provided to assist students with finding evidence to attach to the main ideas within each speech, as well as the counterclaims, and rebuttals. Constructed response tips, rules, and a writing format has also been provided which matches the rubric included.