This astonishing Vietnam War primary source is an excerpt from the famous Pentagon Papers that revealed America's controversial decisions on the war.
The excerpt features the Defense Department's goals for the war as of 1965, with a shocking statement about America's need to avoid humiliation as being the primary aim of the war.
The worksheet includes an image of the actual document plus printed version that is easier to read for students. Following the primary source is a set of open-ended analysis questions for students to respond to.
I use this as either a warm up activity for a lesson on the Vietnam War or an exit ticket after our introduction to the war. The open-ended questions allow students to think critically and present their own opinions regarding what the US should do.
A link to a Google Docs version of the activity is included if you are in a paperless school or just use Google Classroom. An answer key is also included for your convenience.
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