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  1. Welcome to A History of the Vietnam War Mr. O’Rourke Onondaga Central Schools

  2. FOREWORD • Welcome to Mr. O’Rourke’s class. • My expectation is that you will try your best at all times, participate in discussions and be respectful to others. • I am a great teacher, you are all very smart, together we will learn a lot. • Positive attitude is the key of success. Let’s keep it all the time.

  3. A History of the Vietnam War • This is a one semester course on the history of the Vietnam War. • Students will examine the causes for the Vietnam War, • The war itself • its legacy, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  4. A History of the Vietnam War • We will look multiple perspectives using a variety of sources. • Students will be required to complete projects and activities that show their understanding of the course material. • These include movie reviews, book reviews, a Web quest and analysis of music and poetry from the era.

  5. A History of the Vietnam War • The class will consist of video presentations • Lecture • Reviewing documents from the era • These will help us to gain knowledge of why decisions were made

  6. Why does Vietnam matter? • The first televised war • The war was fought in American living rooms as much as it was in the jungles of Southeast Asia • America’s longest war • Over 59,000 Americans died • 2nd most after WWII • Impacts policy making today • Most members of our government were impacted by the war in some way

  7. Objectives • To introduce students to fundamental differences between American and Vietnamese culture and society • To understand the geography of Southeast Asia and Vietnam in particular • To examine the effects of the Vietnam War on American society and culture • To attempt to understand the experience of the American soldier in Vietnam.

  8. Objectives • To analyze theories as to why the United States was unsuccessful in Vietnam • To analyze the major battles of the Vietnam War • To apply the lessons of Vietnam to today’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq • To interpret poetry, music and film from the Vietnam War era. • To analyze Hollywood’s version of the Vietnam War

  9. Student Expectations • Be on time for class • Bring notebook and folder to class • Be courteous to all students and teacher • Participate in classroom discussion • Complete all projects and activities assigned • Hand in all assignments in a timely fashion

  10. Grading: • Quizzes and projects 20% • Book and Movie reviews 20% • Class Participation and class work 30% • Final Exam 20% • Web quest 10%

  11. Course Outline: • Geography and Culture of Vietnam • Cold War • Roots of the Vietnam War • The first Vietnam War • Ngo Dinh Diem, America’s Mandarin • LBJ Goes To War: 1964-1965 • America Takes Charge: 1965-1967 • America’s Enemy • Tet: 1968 • Vietnamizing the War: 1968-1973 • Cambodia and Laos • Peace is at Hand :1968-1973 • Home front USA • The End of the Tunnel: 1973-1975 • Legacies

  12. DURING INSTRUCTION • Listen to the teacher with full attention. • No pencil sharpening, talking, or whispering. • No bathroom breaks. • Take notes as necessary. • Ask permission to speak by raising your hand. • Ask questions related to the subject. Other questions which are not related to the subject can be asked after instruction. • After instruction, make sure you understand the concept. If not, ask questions by mentioning which part you didn’t understand.

  13. WHILE YOU ARE WORKING • Make sure you read or listen to the directions about your work and understand them. • If you didn’t understand, ask help from other students sitting around you. If they also don’t understand, ask to the teacher to explain it. • If you are asked to help, be polite and kind and offer your best. • Talking to each other should be no louder than a whisper. The person sitting on the other side of the room should not be interrupted by your noise. • Respect each other and be friendly. • Use your time wisely. Put forth your best effort to finish your work on time.

  14. Movie Reviews • Each student will choose two movies from the attached list. Write a one page paper that includes: • Short introduction to the movie (Director, Year, Fiction/Non-Fiction) • Review how the movie was critiqued • Overview of movie • Explanation of the historical accuracy/inaccuracy of the movie • Conclude with opinion on the movie critiques

  15. Book Review • Each student will write one book review during the semester. • Students will review the book of their choosing from the list provided. • A student may pick a different book with teacher approval. • The book selected must cover some aspect of the history of the Vietnam era. • The book review must be approximately 2-3 pages in length. • review should summarize the contents of the text, • analyze the author’s intentions and biases • place the work into some historical context • critically evaluate the books strengths, weaknesses and ultimate worth.

  16. Other Assignments • Web quest: We will complete a web quest in the school library; more details will follow at the time of the assignment. • There will be three projects assigned during the semester that will be worked on in and out of class. • Quiz and final exam. We will have periodic quizzes on the material covered in class. The Final will be include all material covered during the semester.

  17. DISMISSAL • We will work up to the bell most days. • Clean your work area and take all garbage to the trash can. • Wait for Mr. O’Rourke to dismiss you. The ring of the bell does not dismiss you. • After you get permission to leave, collect your things and leave quietly. Thank You.

  18. WHEN YOU ARE LATE • Stand by Mr. O’Rourke’s desk. • Inform him of your excuse or give him your tardy pass. • Go to your seat quietly after you are given permission to do so. • You will not be excused from any work you missed. Get the assignment from a classmate and do it at home.

  19. WHEN YOU ARE ABSENT • Get the assignments from your classmates and any worksheets from Mr. O’Rourke. Do the work at home. • If you missed a test because of your excused absence, inform Mr. O’Rourke and arrange a time to make up the test after school. • You will not be able to make up any work if you have an unexcused absence. You will get a “0” for those assignments.

  20. Classroom Rules • School-wide classroom rules are in your planner: • Bring all necessary materials to class. • Be in your seat when class begins • Always act and speak in an appropriate way. • Sit in your assigned seat everyday • Follow directions the first time they are given

  21. CONSEQUENCES • Warning • Conference with Student • Detention • Parent Contact • Referral to Administration

  22. Fire Drill • Relax • Follow directions from teacher • Walk at all times • Stay together • Turn left out of room door • Proceed down stair to outside door • Line up at designated spot outside

  23. Recycling • All paper and bottles should be recycled • Place all recyclables in blue trash can next to Mr. O’Rourke’s desk