Many traditional textbooks tell the story of history through a narrow lens. At best this limited view of history not only limits the richness of history and deprives students of the whole picture. At worst it perpetuates a dangerous and narrow minded way of thinking by silencing the voices of multiple perspectives. This project based three-week unit explores the Vietnam war through a variety of different perspectives including, present day citizens (oral history), veterans against the war (simulation), international political leaders from the past and present (simulation), and, at the end of the unit, the students own perspective.
Students will explore these multiple perspectives through three main educational opportunities; a multimedia timeline, an oral history project, and a presidential briefing simulation project.