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American RadioWorks: Revisiting Vietnam

Sound Learning Monthly Feature: American RadioWorks' "Revisiting Vietnam"

Between March 8, 1965 and April 30, 1975, nearly three million Americans served in the armed forces in Vietnam. For November, Sound Learning observes Veteran's Day by featuring Revisiting Vietnam, an American RadioWorks documentary.

Revisiting Vietnam allows your students to listen in on a marine as he narrates day-to-day life near the demilitarized zone, browse a virtual scrapbook of Vietnam War experiences, and absorb, through poetry and pictures, one veteran's perspective on life in war and afterward.

Use the experiences highlighted in this month's feature and the lesson templates below to create a brief lesson that observes Veteran's Day or a series of lessons that will help your students prepare for the Minnesota Basic Skills Test of Written Composition. Both templates correlate with the Minnesota graduation standards.

Use these templates to help you create lessons with the material in the Revisiting Vietnam documentary. (Links for audio clips are within the templates.)
Template for a class discussion centered on the audio tapes made by a marine in combat.
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Template for a five day mini-unit that starts to prepare your students for the Minnesota Basic Skills Test in Written Composition.
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Selected Resources
Use these resources to help you use the Revisiting Vietnam documentary in your classroom:

DocumentThe Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

DocumentVietnam Scrapbook

DocumentJim Northrup—Poet, Veteran

DocumentFrom PBS's American Experience—Reflections on a War

Background information for you and your students:

DocumentFrom PBS—An Online Companion to Vietnam: A Television History

DocumentFrom PBS—Battlefield Vietnam: A Brief History (includes an interactive timeline)

DocumentFrom the United States Army Center of Military History—The U.S. Army in Vietnam

Document2005 Manual for the Minnesota Test of Basic Skills in Written Composition

DocumentVenn diagram for organizing and recording veterans' experiences

Document"Hamburger" tool for essay organization

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