Vietnam tic-tac-toe activity

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Directions: The Tic-Tac-Toe format allows students to choose topics for which they have an interest. From the list of nine projects, they must complete three across, up and down, or diagonally. Additional boxes can be completed for extra credit. It allows the students to learn the content using several different resources and creates an opportunity for teachers to differentiate learning. The following is a description of your nine options.

  1. War weapons diagram and write up- students illustrate and explain the function of a particular weapon (gun, plane, helicopter, booby trap, etc.) You will also describe the conditions that the soldiers faced during the Vietnam War. (LT #2, 4, 11)

  1. Movie poster and critique- students choose one movie from teacher list (Platoon, We Were Soldiers, Good Morning Vietnam, Born on the 4th of July, etc.) You will create a movie poster and critique the movie. (LT #2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10)

  1. Timeline of top 10 war events- students pick 10 (must have causes, middle, and ending events of war) events from teacher supplied list in order to research and justify choices (LT #1, 2, 5, 11)

  1. Vietnam era songs/media- students analyze two songs from different genres (combat, protest, aftermath) using teacher supplied song list & determine how various media helped influence public opinion towards the war by examining two different sources (LT # 4, 6, 7, 8, 10)

  1. Vietnam through photographs- students interpret the significance of five teacher supplied images (monk burning, VC execution, etc.) (LT #2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11)

  1. Interview- students ask 25+ questions of people influenced by the war (veterans, protestors, draft dodgers, Hmong refugees, etc.) and assess the impact of their experience on their life. (LT #1, 2, 5, 11)

  1. Vietnam through the local newspapers (Freeman, LC Reporter, etc.)- students pick a day of the year (ex. May 1st) and trace the development of the war through the perspective of the local newspaper headlines from 1965-1975. (LT #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11)

  1. Waukesha County casualties- students choose one country veteran killed during the war and use local resources (yearbooks, newspaper articles, obituaries, grave sites, family interviews, etc.) to create a biography of the veteran’s high school and adult years (LT #1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11)

  1. DBQ- Students will complete a Vietnam Era DBQ provided by your teacher. You will complete the document analysis & essay portion. (LT # 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)


War Weapons (#1)

County Casualty (#8)

Vietnam Songs (#4)

Vietnam Movies (#2)

DBQ (#9)

Interview (#6)

Vietnam through local newspapers (#7)

Photographs (#5)

Timeline (#3)

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