Vietnam War Pentagon Papers Primary Source

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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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Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

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