Reflecting on Your Practice
- What complex issue are you currently teaching?
- How could you use public opinion data to study this issue?
- Which of the strategies highlighted in the video would be most effective with your students, and why?
- What are some other strategies you can employ to teach about events in recent history?
Taking It Back to Your Classroom
- Ask your students to research the soldier's perspective of the Vietnam War, using a variety of Internet resources. Ask students to first identify the competing perspectives on the war, and then to compare them to the experiences of the different soldiers they study.
- Chose an event or historical figure in your curriculum that was commemorated with a memorial or monument (for example, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or the Bunker Hill Monument). Ask students to analyze the purpose and impact of the memorial. Or, ask students to design their own memorial that reflects popular opinion during the era they are studying.
- Ask students to research polling data for a historical event. They should consider how polls are conducted, how data is gathered, and how results are interpreted. Students may also develop and conduct their own poll around a school or community issue.
- Ask students to explore the impact of the Vietnam War on a fictional family that they create. Have students play the roles of soldier, soldier's parents, his siblings, his wife and children, and his closest friends. Using actual historical data (for example, news accounts, battle histories, music, photographs, and so on), have students express their feelings about the war in letters, speeches, essays, songs, or artwork. Going further, students can fashion this material into a play.
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