This is designed as a small part of a larger unit over the Vietnam conflict which will be released soon. This lesson, and the larger unit, can be used in a US History course during study of the war, or in a World History course as part of a unit over imperialism, colonialism, and their impact. Comments and feedback are always welcome.
In this lesson, students are tasked with listening to and analyzing five different songs (lyrics, with room to take notes, are provided!) and must determine what perspective the songs are written from. Students must also, briefly, explain why they believe that song is told from that perspective. To successfully do this, they must practice not only critical analysis of the lyrics, but must also use context and corroboration in order to understand the songs. In this way, the students practice good historical thinking skills and become stronger historians.
Vietnam War Song Analysis
by Chris Barber
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