American War: A Dynamic Discussion of the Vietnam War – Junior Instructor – Early Semester


    NEW Course! “We will discuss not just the Vietnam War, but its impact on Vietnam and the United States. If you are curious about how the past influences the present, this class is your key to understanding what brought us to where we are today.” ~ Andrei the Historian



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    American War: A Dynamic Discussion of the Vietnam War
    Junior InstructorAndrei the Historian
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length8 Weeks
    Live Webinars Held OnFridays, 1:00 - 1:50 PM Pacific - 8/23/24 - 10/18/24

    This class explores the Vietnam War from both Vietnamese and American perspectives.

    We will begin by setting the stage with Vietnam’s history, strategic importance, and the backdrop of French colonization leading up to the First Indochina War. We will delve into the key figures and events that drew the United States into the conflict, examining the early years of U.S. involvement and the Cold War context. Through songs, cartoons, and newspapers, students will also learn about the domestic reactions to the war and the profound effects on Vietnamese society and culture during the war. Finally, we will discuss the lasting legacy of this pivotal conflict, enhancing students’ understanding of its global and historical significance.

    Homework, though optional, is highly recommended for this class. It will consist of weekly assignments which deepen the understanding of the ideas and events discussed in class and may help with the Week 8 final project. Some of the assignments build on each other, but the others also help in following the thread of the class.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • 1 forum (asking a question) – please write at least one 5-sentence paragraph.
    • 1 assignment – write enough to express your point/idea.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
    • 2-3 assignments to help explore ideas and events in this week.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • The class will involve some discussion, but will be mostly lecture.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 4th-grade level or above.
    • Write a few sentences independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Be prepared for the webinar.
    • Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • None.