Lesson Plan

The Vietnam War Begins

Understanding the Causes for the war and why the United States became involved.
Adam L.
Classroom teacher
Frewsburg Central School District
Frewsburg, NY
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Identify the main causes of the Vietnam War.
  • Understand the differing ideologies of the combatants.
  • Make conclusions as to why the United States became involved.
  • Use technology to better enhance their learning and understanding of the topic.
Subjects
Social Studies
cultural understanding
events
government
historical figures
history
Grades 11
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Opener

  • Teacher will have students complete the bell ringer quiz on the early years of the Cold War: 1950s through the early 1960s as a review of previous learned material using the Socrative app on their iPad.  
  • This will help set the stage for the beginnings of the Vietnam War and the entrance of the United States into the war.  
  • This activity should take no more than 5 minutes of class time.  
  • When complete, the teacher will review the answers and provide real time data to students as to how they did.
Student Instructions
  • Students are to sit down and open up the Socrative app on their iPads (one per student).  
  • Each student will then take the bell ringer quiz on the early years of the Cold War:  1950s through the early 1960s.

2 Direct Instruction

  • Teacher will introduce the lesson by showing a short 9 minute video on the causes of the Vietnam War and why the United States became involved.
  • The teacher will have students answer along on a companion worksheet that goes with the video.
  • The teacher will walk around the room making sure students are following instructions and filling out their sheets.

 

Student Instructions
  • Students will watch a short 9 minute video on the causes of the Vietnam War and why the United States became involved.
  • While watching the video, students will answer the questions that go along with the video using the companion worksheet.

3 Activity

Popplet
Free, Paid
  • The teacher will show students an example of a Popplet and briefly show students the different features of using the app.
  • The teacher will then divide the class into 5 groups of 4 students each and instruct the students to make one Popplet per group that illustrates the causes of the Vietnam War, the groups, individuals, and nations involved, and the reasons behind the involvement of the United States.
  • The teacher will then float around the room from group to group making sure students are on task and understand their expectations.
  • The teacher will allow students to work on these for 20 minutes.
Student Instructions
  • In groups of 4, students will be tasked with creating a Popplet that illustrates the causes of the Vietnam War, the groups, individuals, and nations involved, and the reasons behind the involvement of the United States.
  • Each groups Popplet must be well organized, visual appealing, and include photos or videos.

4 Closure/Assessment

Activity: Other — Journaling
  • Teacher will ask students to write in their journals for 5 minutes.
  • In their entries, students are to write down 5 things that they learned for the day, 1 thing that they think will happen next, and 1 to 3 questions that they would like further clarification on from the lesson.
Student Instructions
  • Students will take 5 minutes to write in their journals 5 things that they learned for the day, 1 thing that they think will happen next, and 1 to 3 questions that they would like further clarification on from the lesson.