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Vietnam War Museum

Vietnam War Museum

Author: Beth Barsness
  1. Students will be able to identify the key areas of the debate regarding America’s involvement in the Vietnam.
  2. Students will be able to analyze political cartoons, historical documents, popular music and photographs to determine their objectives during the Vietnam war era.

The general goal of this lesson is to allow students to learn about the Vietnam war through multiple media—political cartoons, documents, photographs, and music. By using a variety of media, students’ varied ways of learning and thinking can be accessed and stimulated.

For this lesson, the instructor will set up a "museum" consisting of 4-6 stations of their choice. Teachers will need to tailor this lesson based on access to technology, class size and space available for the stations.  In addition, teachers will have to find songs, political cartoons, photographs, and articles for which their school has legal use.

Suggested set up:  4-6 stations with 4-6 students per station. Allow students approximately 10 minutes at each station.

  1. Station #1 – Music
  2. Station #2 - Political Cartoons
  3. Station #3 - Photographs
  4. Station #4 - Primary Source Documents

Length of time needed: 1 class period (45-60 minutes)

This lesson was written by Kristina Aars.

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Lesson Plan

This lesson plan can be downloaded to your computer as a PDF document. If you would like to edit this document for your classroom needs, go to the "Handouts and Materials" section and click on the corresponding link.


Source: Kristina Aars

Student Directions and Questions

Student directions and questions for each museum station. This powerpoint presentation cannot be downloaded to your computer. If you would like to download and edit this document for your classroom needs, go to the "Handouts and Materials" section and click on the corresponding link.

Source: Kristina Aars

Handouts and Materials

The following files can be downloaded to your computer:

Lesson Plan (Word document)

Student Directions and Questions (PowerPoint presentation)


Source: Kristina Aars