All Subjects
      All Types

        Info

        Grades

        7-13+

        Permitted Use


        3 Favorites
        154 Views

        Vietnam on the Homefront: Driven to Dissent

        "Driven to Dissent" is the second lesson in KCPT's "Vietnam On The Homefront: Selected To Serve, Driven To Dissent" unit. In this lesson, students will explore local Vietnam War stories using videos and other resources from KCPT. This unit follows "Selected to Serve." In part two, students will learn about individuals from the Kansas City area that served in the Vietnam War using KCPT's Kansas City Vietnam Voices. They will also view LZ Kansas City: The Fight for Peace, a KCPT video exploring the local protest movement of the time and relate the Vietnam War protest movement to popular protests in the news today.

         

        Lesson Summary

        In this lesson, students will view stories by Vietnam War veterans from the Kansas City area collected as a part of KCPT's Kansas City Vietnam Voices project. They will also view LZ Kansas City: The Fight for Peace, a KCPT video exploring the local protest movement of the time. Finally, they will relate this protest movement to popular protests in the news today.

         

        Time Allotment

        50-minute class period

        Learning Objectives

        • Explore the impact of the Vietnam draft on a generation of high school graduates in 1969-1970. 
        • Understand the individual struggle between support and protest that led to tensions in American culture during the late 1960s and 1970s. 
        • Relate this understanding of the protest movement during the Vietnam Era to current protest movements.

        Supplies

        Computer or tablet with internet access

        Projector or television

        Local Voices, International Stories Student Handout (found below in Support Materials)

        Resources

        Website: Kansas City Vietnam Voices (KCPT)

        Video: LZ Kansas City: The Fight for Peace (KCPT)

        Introductory Activity

        As a class, start with the introductory question:  

        • What current day events have inspired protests? 

        As you discuss, explore these additional questions:

        • Should these groups have the right to protest? 
        • How are they protesting? 
        • What has been the public response? 
        • What has been the government response? 
        • Do you think there has been any progress due to protest? 

        Learning Activities

        Students will independently use the “Local Voices, International Stories Student Handout (see Support Materials)” and a computer or tablet to explore the personal experiences from local men and women whose lives were impacted during the Vietnam era on KCPT's Kansas City Vietnam Voices

        Ask students to share some of the most interesting stories in a discussion. Potential questions:

        • Why did you find this particular story interesting? 
        • How are these stories similar? 
        • How are these stories different?

        As a class, view LZ Kansas City: The Fight for Peace.  Afterwards, use the following questions to spark a discussion:

        • Do you feel that these protests were justified? 
        • Which side of the protest do you think you would have been on?

        Culminating Activity

        Discuss a current protest movement (Black Lives Matter, the NFL “Take a Knee” Protest, etc.) as a class.  Discussion questions:  

        • Are these protests the same? Why or why not? 
        • What reactions did you see to the two different protests? By the public? By government? 
        • What do protesters hope to accomplish? 
        • How is this movement similar or different from the Vietnam War protest movement?

        Extension Activity: 

        Students can expand on their comparison between the Vietnam Era protest movement and another protest movement of today (of their choice) by contrasting the goals, methods, and reaction to both movements in an essay.

        Producer:
        Producer:

        You must be logged in to use this feature

        Need an account?
        Register Now