This dynamic presentation on the Vietnam War provides visuals, video links, guided notes, and reflection questions to keep your students engaged for the entire lesson. This was the conflict that defined a generation.
What should have been a relatively minor engagement for the American military became a defining event for a generation of Americans. For the Vietnamese, it was known as the Resistance War against America and was more about driving out an invader rather than any abstract political ideology.
This presentation examines the following topics:
♦ Geography of Vietnam
♦ First Indochina War
♦ Geneva Peace Accords
♦ Diệm’s Regime and opposition to it
♦ Viet Cong
♦ The Strategic Hamlet Program
♦ The Gulf of Tonkin Incident
♦ Anti-War Demonstrations
♦ Tet Offensive
♦ Ho Chi Minh Trail
♦ Reasons for American defeat
The presentation includes handouts for note taking as well as reflection questions.
There are nine links within the presentation to Youtube. The videos total ~24 minutes. Youtube links are checked weekly and updated when necessary.
This lesson takes me approximately two 60 minute periods to complete.
Check out the entire Cold War series:
Lesson 1: The Cold War: An Overview (coming soon)
Lesson 2: The Korean War
Lesson 3: The Cuban Missile Crisis
Lesson 4: The Berlin Wall (coming soon)
Lesson 5: The Vietnam War
Lesson 6: The Fall of the Soviet Union
Corresponding Movie Guides
•Love, Hate, & Propaganda: The Cold War - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
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