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USAHEC Educators' Toolbox: Vietnam War

USAHEC's source toolbox for educators

Vietnam War Sources

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Short Vignettes for your Classroom

From 1979 through 1985, the Military History Institute (USAMHI) of the USAHEC drew submissions from students and scholars from within the MHI and from throughout the country to publish as Military History Vignettes. Each of these short stories is a well-researched look at a specific topic in military history and is perfect for small group readings and critical thinking discussion in the classroom.

To find additional Military History Vignettes that do not pertain to a specific era, click here.

Photo Review: Soldier's Daily Life in Vietnam
Grade Level:
 9-12
Historical Era: Vietnam War
Subject: U.S. History
Introduction: Students review images of the daily life of Soldiers during the Vietnam War and complete a note sheet and discussion about the hardships of fighting in a jungle against enemies often not wearing uniforms. Finally, the students compare and contrast the images with those from earlier wars. This activator is a good introduction to the Vietnam War to prepare students to better understand the viewpoint of an American Soldier during the war.

Soldier Experiences in Vietnam
Grade Level:
 9-12
Historical Era: Vietnam War
Subject: U.S. History, World History
Introduction: This lesson will give your students insight into the life and times of several U.S. Army Soldiers on the front lines during the war in Vietnam. The lesson includes a critical thinking activity with photographs from the Vietnam War, followed by an opportunity for students to write their own "journal" about their own imagined experiences as a Soldier in Vietnam using the photos as their inspiration. Finally, your students can review actual surveys written by Veterans to compare and contrast their own imagined experiences with the real experiences of the Soldiers.

Lectures at the USAHEC

The USAHEC has several lecture series covering all eras and topics in military and U.S. Army history.