This activity is a really engaging way to analyze the Vietnam War from a variety of perspectives. The students will be assigned roles to play as part of a family and some family guests in an awkward dinner table conversation in 1971.
During this time, the country is divided between Hawks and Doves, Hippies and the Silent Majority, the haves and the have not’s. The Smiths will be discussing at dinner because they are very interested in both foreign and domestic policy.
In small groups the students will research an assigned character. As they get to know their character, they should think about the following questions:
1. Should the U.S. continue to be involved in the war in Vietnam?
2. What would victory mean in the war?
3. How were America’s founding ideals influenced/affected by the war?
Father- Harold Smith
Mother- Lucille Smith
Grandpa- George Smith
Older Son- John Smith
Younger Son- Tommy Smith
Daughter- Debbie Smith
Guest- Ly Qui Chung
Guest- Sam Young
• Teacher Instructions
• Name card placards for the table
• Short Character biographies
• Note Taking Graphic Organizer
• Follow up questions to stimulate the conversation
• Textbooks with information on the Vietnam War
• Photocopies of character biographies
• Photocopies of note taking graphic organizer
• Evidence Packet: you may email me if you would like me to send you my evidence packet free of charge. It would violate copyright law to sell it
• *Optional: Computers or computer lab access for research
• *Optional Table Settings for the conversation itself.