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Activity Overview


Over the course of the Vietnam War, a great many events occurred that affected the people who were directly involved, from governments to the people on the ground. In this activity, students will create a timeline that highlights 6-10 events relating to the Vietnam War. Students should be encouraged to choose events that they think represent important turning points or moments from the time period that impacted great change. Teachers may choose to provide students with a list of events to select from, or let students conduct their own research to supplement in class lessons.

After students choose the events, they will use the "layout" tab to input the dates and add additional cells as necessary. Then, they will add a title and short description for each event that explains what happened and why it is important. Finally, students will create illustrations using appropriate art such as maps, landscapes, flags, characters, etc. to represent each event.

For an alternative to the timeline layout, have students create a timeline poster that can be incorporated into a presentation. You can add more than one template to this assignment to give students lots of options and adjust the instructions accordingly.


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Activity", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Due Date:

Objective:Create a timeline in chronological order with accurate dates, descriptions, and illustrations for 5-10 important events relating to the Vietnam War.< /p>

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Choose 5-10 important events related to the Vietnam War.
  3. In the timeline template, click on “Timeline Dates”, and write the dates of each milestone in the date cells in chronological order. Then click “update timeline”
  4. For each cell, list a title and write a 1-3 sentence description for each event.
  5. Create an illustration that represents each event using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Requirements: 6-10 events listed with correct dates, 1-3 sentence descriptions, and appropriate illustration

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/9-10/2/B] Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.

Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)


Timeline
Create a timeline of important events and people, and explain their significance. Make sure the dates are correct, and the Photos for Class pictures are historically accurate or significant.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Events and Dates
The events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. The dates provided are correct.
Most of the events chosen for the timeline are significant and important to the overall understanding of the time period. Most of the dates provided are correct.
Some of the events chosen for the timeline are significant. There may be missing events, or events that are irrelevant. Too many dates may be incorrect.
Explanations/Descriptions
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are accurate and provide insight into the significance of the events.
The explanations or descriptions provided for each event are mostly accurate and attempt to provide insight into the significance of the events.
There are several glaring inaccuracies in the explanations or descriptions of the events. There may be little or no insight int the significance of the events, or the information provided may be too limited or missing.
English Conventions
There are 0-2 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 3-4 mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.
There are 5 or more mistakes in spelling, grammar, and mechanics.





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