Origins of the Vietnam War Activity for U.S. History

Origins of the Vietnam War Activity for

U.S. History


9 - 12, Home School


Social Studies/History

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This presentation provides students a visually stimulating lesson detailing the origins of the Vietnam War (1950-1967). Designed as a student-centered activity to be uploaded into google classroom, the presentation includes 10 embedded focus questions for students to answer using their core text (and additional information presented in the slides). The 16 slide activity is filled with colorful pictures, maps, and other relevant information that will serve as a platform in which to build additional related activities. This lesson is also great to use when you are out of the classroom, serving as an awesome resource for sub days! If you'd like a version you can edit, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to help. Enjoy!


Topics include:

* The emergence of Ho Chi Mihn, the Vietnamese independence movement (from France), the founding of the Viet Mihn, & the First Indochina War.

* Harry Truman's Vietnam policy.

* The decisive Viet Mihn victory over France (1954) & the decisions agreements made at the Geneva Conference.

* Dwight Eisenhower's Vietnam policy, U.S. support of Ngo Dinh Diem, & the mounting problems in South Vietnam.

* John Kennedy's Vietnam policy, the assassination of the unpopular Diem.

* Lyndon Johnson inherits a mess in Vietnam after JFK assassination.

* The Gulf of Tonkin incident, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, & the U.S. expansion of the Vietnam War.

* LBJ and his advisers (both hawks doves) debate how to move forward.

* LBJ decides to dramatically increase American troop levels & Americanizes the Vietnam War.

* Lesson learning target on the bottom of every slide.

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