HS 420 Vietnam 1954-1979


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Extra Help: Tue 3-4 Room 206 or by appointment.

Vietnam 1954-1979

Course Overview

HS 420:   Vietnam 1945-1979                         Spring 2015

Mr Smith   dsmith@innovationcharter.org           Rm 206/Afterschool Tue3-4  

 

                       

        Link to National Geographic Article "Hanoi: Shedding the Ghosts of War" May 2004 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/features/world/asia/vietnam/hanoi-text

 

Course Summary:  The origins, causes, conduct and legacy of the Vietnam Wars will be the foundation of this history elective. A major skill in the course will be interpreting history through different perspectives: What was the view of a Vietnamese soldier? Of an American General? Of an anti-war protester?  Music, political cartoons, online exhibits and films will be a featured part of the course.  A second skill is decision making. Students will prepare position papers and debate the historical questions raised in 1964:   Should the Vietnam War be escalated?  What were the different strategies or options at the time?  Finally, you will choose a work of art that evokes and remembers the war, and evaluate the legacy and lessons of the war.  In the final unit, students will choose from these options : create a memorial, conduct an original oral history project, research the war from the Vietnamese perspective or apply  the lessons of Vietnam to modern conflicts.

 

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

          Why did the US lose the Vietnam War? Why did the North Vietnamese win?

           How should the Vietnam War be remembered?  What are the lessons/legacy of Vietnam?

 

KEY TEXTS/RESOURCES:

The Vietnam Reader, Stewart O’nan; Vietnam’s Unseen War , Hearts and Minds (DVD), Dear America: Letters From Home (Documentary), The Sorrows of War by Bao Ninh, The Vietnam war Remembered from all Sides by Christian Appy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Overview- See Course Calendar for Specific Assignment/Project dates

 

 

 

January 2015

 

Unit I  1945-1964

The First IndoChina War: Vietnam Revolutions

 

Vietnam: Geography, Culture, Nationalism and French Colonialism

Ho Chi Minh

America & Vietnam:  The Bitter Heritage~Vietnam & American Democracy

 by Arthur Schlesinger  Ch 1-2   ‘How we got there’ and ‘What we did there’

 

Project/Assessments:    Work Habits/Enduring Understanding

  1. Exam #1:  Key Terms, Essential History, Concepts, Map

     

     

     

     

    February 2015

     

    Unit II  1964-1968

    Second IndoChina War: Causes and Decision Making

     

    EQ:   Should the US escalate the conflict in Vietnam?

              Was the Tet Offensive a turning point in the conflict?

             

             

    Project/Assessments:  Research/Enduring Understanding

                        Decision Making: What should be the US Policy in Vietnam ?

                Perspectives:  The Tet Offensive 1968   (News Broadcast)

                Exam #2:   The Conflict 1964-1968

                Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (Book and DVD)

                      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    March-April 2015

     

    Unit III : The Experience of War   1968-1975

     

    EQ:          How did the North Vietnamese win the war?  (Why did the US lose)

                    What are the human costs of war?       

     

     

     

    Project/Assessments:  Effective Communication/Enduring Understanding

              Exam #3: History of the War (1968-1975)

                Literature of the War:  Comparing Two Works of Art/Fiction

                            -Vietnamese      The Sorrows of War  by Bao Ninh

                            -American       The Things they Carried (T. O’brien) or Dispatches(Michael Herr)

               

               

     

                

     

    April-May 2015

     

    Unit IV  Legacy and Memory of Vietnam

     

     

    EQ:     How should the Vietnam War be remembered?  What are the lessons/legacy of Vietnam?

     

     

    Projects/Assessments:  Research-Enduring Understanding

              Independent Research & Presentation: The Legacy of the War (Choice)

  • Memorials: Research and Create a Memorial

  • Oral History: Research and Conduct Original Interview

  • Music/Film:  Study and Analysis of Vietnam Songs[3] or Movie[1]

  • Lessons of Vietnam: The Vietnam Syndrome and US Policy

                  

                  

         

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