Unit 1: U.S. Vietnam War
     
Guiding Questions
1) How / why has peoples efforts to meet their wants and needs become a global struggle?
2) How / why do nations interfere in the affairs of other nations?
3) How does our knowledge of one event help us understand and make predictions about another event?
4) What are the conditions and motivations that contribute to conflict among nations?
5) What methods do citizens use to influence government action?


Vietnam War Focus Questions:
1) Evaluate, justify, and debate the social, political, and economic conditions in Vietnam that led to the communist uprising.
Your answer must include: French Colonialism and conditions under this system; Why some Vietnamese peasants and anti-French groups would consider communism as an option.
2) Examine, justify, and debate reasons why the United States supported the French in Vietnam and later the South Vietnamese government. What was the United States really fighting against? Why?
3) Evaluate, justify, and debate the social, political, and economic conditions within the United States that helped and worked against the U.S. efforts to transform Vietnam into a "free country".
4) Evaluate, justify, and debate the difficulties the United States faced in fighting the Vietnam war. What made this war so difficult for the United States?
5) Evaluate, justify, and debate the outcome of the Vietnam war. Did the U.S. win or lose? Why or why not? What are the lessons the U.S. learned or should have learned from this war?
6) Knowing the history, what course of action do you think the U.S. should have followed in regards to Vietnam? Pros and cons of your answer.
7) How is presidential credibility damaged throughout the course of the Vietnam War? Is it justifed? Why or why not?


Social Studies Power Standards:
Analyze cause and effect relationships, including multiple causalities.
Understand, recognize, and interpret change and continuity over time.
Identify and analyze diverse perspectives on and historical interpretation of historical issues and events.

GH3 Content Standards:
Analyze the causes, effects, and impact of the Vietnam War and defend or crtique U.S. justification for involvement in this war.
Explain the influence of media on contemporary American culture.

Performance Expectations:
Compare different political systems with that of the U.S., and identify representative political leaders.
Explain conditions and motivations that contribute to conflict, cooperation, interdependence among groups, societies, and nations.
Analyze and evaluate the influence of various forms of citizen action on public policy.

 

Inquiry:
How / why does French colonialim make Vietnam "ripe" or open to Communism?
Why does U.S. support French in Vietnam?
Some historians argue the United States grossly misjudged it's ability to "win" the war in Vietnam. Do you agree? Why or why not?
How is presidential credibility damaged throughout the course of the Vietnam War? Is it justifed? Why or why not?