This collection of lesson plans and classroom resources invites teachers, facilitators, and young people to explore a pivotal time in America’s history and learn more about both the contributions of Latino Americans to the Vietnam War and the rise of a Chicano antiwar movement. The voice of U.S. Latinos, particularly Latino veterans and community activists, is often left out of the broader American narrative of what it means to serve one’s country. These lessons engage students in vivid real-life stories of Latino veterans and activists, and are aligned with key national standards.
A secondary, but no less important, purpose of these resources is to encourage students to make connections between the past and the present. The lessons are designed to provoke critical thinking about the intersection of military service and class divisions in the United States, as well as how we honor and support our veterans.
Written to be used with the Video Education Modules for the film On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam.