The Vietnam War
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The History Channel is looking for you! The
History Channel is holding a competition
for teams of five either journalists and or
photographers to create a
commemorative video in honor of the
This is a challenging contest because as
most of you know the Vietnam War was a
very difficult time in our nation’s history.
Inaddition, very few videos show the
Vietnam War through the eyes of differing
perspectives, such as the U.S. soldier, the
American politician, the anti-war
protestor, and the Vietnamese. If you
take on this challenge, your video must
show all four of the above perspectives
on the war.
Without looking at all sides of the story, a
person cannot judge the true cost of war.
Your team of America’s finest journalist and
photographers to create a commemorative
video of the Vietnam War that show some of
the key players in the war: American soldiers,
politicians, anti-war protestors, and the
Your video must answer the following
question: After witnessing the Vietnam War
through multiple perspectives, was it a war
Process: Group Member
Each member of your group was selected
for a specific purpose and to ensure the
highest level of competition for this
Each member brings a unique set of gifts
and talents to the team.
In order for your team to be successful,
you must rely on each other’s assets and
Process: Group Members
Each Team will have Five Members
Member 1: Overall Fact Checker & Production
Member 2: American soldier expert & Mediator
Member 3: Politician Expert & Computer
Member 4: Anti-war Protestor Expert &Creator
Member 5: Vietnamese Expert &
Process: Member 1
Member 1 Responsibilities:
After each day of research,
all other group members
will submit their daily
research logs to you.
You will double check their
research logs to make sure
that their information is
accurate and properly
At the beginning of each
work day, you will report
group progress, questions,
or problems to me.
Process: Member 2
Thoroughly research the
experience in Vietnam.
Complete the American
soldier’s questions and
turn in your daily log to
your Fact Checker and
Mediate any disputes
among Team members.
Process: Member 3
Thoroughly research the
key politicians that
foreign policy in
and turn in your daily log
to your Fact Checker
and Production Leader.
Trouble Shoot Computer
Problems for any Team
Member 4 Responsibilities:
Thoroughly research the anti-war
protestor’s perspective on the
Vietnam War and how they
impacted American foreign policy.
Complete the Anti-war Protestor’s
questions and turn in your daily log
to your Fact Checker and
Create or Design the layout for the
Team’s commemorative Video.
Process: Member 5
Member 5 Responsibilities:
Thoroughly research the
during the Vietnam War.
Vietnamese’s questions and
turn in your daily log to your
Fact Checker and
Ensure that the all group
communicating with one
another and during video
production, make sure
everyone is speaking
clearly and knows his/her
Before beginning your individual research
assignments, you need to brainstorm
information that was learned about the
Fact Checker/Team Leader: Needs to
organize this information into a 5Ws Chart
(Who, What, Where, When, Why)
This Must be turned in and reviewed before
moving on to your individual assignments.
Each Team will have five days for individual
After each day, Members 2-5 will turn in their
daily research logs to their Fact Checker, who
will make sure all information is accurate and
Fact Checker, will report the Team’s progress
to me at the start of each Research Day.
Process: Video Production
Create a 20 minute video that illustrates
the role that each key group played in
the Vietnam War.
All group members must be on camera
with Members 2-5 representing their
assigned group and Member 1 being the
host of the show.
defects.asp This website is part of Virginia governments public
health. It explains a list of birth defects caused by exposure to
Agent Orange, so both the Vietnamese and U.S. soldier group
will be able to use this to describe the effects of that the
Vietnam War had on those groups.
ml This website is from PBS. The website provides a variety of
information for a several of the groups. This particular section
describes weapons, uniforms, food, etc. for the U.S. soldiers.
Also, there is a link that could be used by the Vietnamese group
for the My Lai Massacre.
http://www.may4.org/ This website is funded by an educational
non-profit group. It provides the antiwar protestor group with
information about the shooting at Kent State.
er.htm This website is sponsored by Global Security and it
provides the politician group with the information about
Operation Rolling Thunder.
website provided by the World History Center had its
information supplied by the VFW Magazine. It will
students in the U.S. soldier group clear statistics on the
men who served in the Vietnam war including their race
www.vietvet.org/letters.htm This website is provided by Vietnam War
veterans and they share their letters that they wrote home to their
families. This will provide the U.S. soldier group with a primary source
to interpret and understand what it was like to fight in the Vietnam
War or at least appreciate what these men and women sacrificed.
m/ This website provides an overview of the
Vietnam War and is beneficial for all group
members to use, including the Fact Checker.
ay/vietnam_interviews.htm This website was put
together by a Vietnam War veteran who
conducted interviews with soldiers who were
serving in Vietnam.
htm This is an educational website sponsored by
Spartacus. It contains many interviews of Vietnam
Veterans and provides readers with contact emails
for those veterans if you have further questions.
vietnam.htm This website has an author and is
sponsored by adopt Vietnam.org. It contains interviews
of people who are part of the Vietnamese culture or
who are experts on Vietnamese people.
website is current and is sponsored by the Progressive
America Rising organization. This website provides
information on the effects of Agent Orange exposure.
website gives the reader information about President
Kennedy’s foreign policy in Vietnam. It was an interview
between Walter Cronkite and President Kennedy.
website is sponsored by PBS and provides insight on the
Mai Lai Massacre, which would be useful for both the
solder and Vietnamese groups.
website was created by the University of Berkeley
California and focuses on various anti-war protests that
took place throughout the duration of the Vietnam War.
srv/local/2000/vietnam092799.htm This particular website
is sponsored by the Washington Post. It is an article
written that describes the anti-war protests causes and
effects that it had on the country and the war.
thunder This detailed summary of Operation
Rolling Thunder is sponsored by the History
Channel. In addition, it suggests several other key
topics and links that would be useful to the
This article discusses the impact that the Pentagon
Papers had on America after their release.
This website provides a great overview of many
major issues that occurred during the Vietnam War
and would be useful for all groups.
Be aware that your Research and Video
will be evaluated separately. The totals
will be combined for an overall score.
WebQuest Research Rubric
Video Production Rubric
Celebrate!! Congratulations, you have
completed this comprehensive study of the
Vietnam War. Throughout this experience, you
have had the opportunity to learn about
various perspectives of the Vietnam War and
what these groups contributed to the
outcome of the war.
You learned that the decisions made by
politicians had a direct impact on the U.S.
soldiers, anti-war protestors, and the
You learned that tactics used by the soldiers
had long term effects on the Vietnamese and
the soldiers themselves, as well as affected the
opinion of the American people. All of these
groups impacted one another.
Hopefully, this assignment has inspired you to
evaluate the value or necessity of war. There
are no winners.
Lastly, I hope you developed an appreciate
for what the men and women who served and
I encourage to further research this debacle
known as the Vietnam War.
Sample Daily Research Log
Sample Research Questions for each key
group represented in this production