Unit Two: The Wars and their Impacts


Do Now:

1) Review: What were the reasons that the Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars started?

2) Predict: As a citizen of the U.S. what factors and events would cause you to oppose a war that your country was fighting? (Note: This is a broad question and can be applied to practically any time period).

File:Unit 2 - Do Now Potential Answers.pdf


Below there are some potential graphic organizers that you may use for completing the lesson. These graphic organizers all focus on you organizing/evaluating evidence, and examining different viewpoints/perspectives about the Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq wars.

*** Note that many of these resources mainly focus on the opposition to the wars, however in Unit 1 we went over the main causes of the wars. You may use this information to help provide justification for these wars. ***


1) Select 2 resources from each section (Parts 1, 2, and 3)(You can use more if you would like).

2) For each section (Parts 1, 2 and 3) complete 1 graphic organizer (By the end you should have 3 in total, you may use the same organizer for each one, or a different one for each section)

3) Create a thread on the discussion board with your own opinion about these conflicts, respond to other students post. (See the "Conclusion/Discussion" section for further instructions.

Graphic Organizers:'

File:Unit 2 - Task Graphic Organizer 1.pdf

File:Unit 2 - Graphic Organizer 2.pdf

Part 1: Vietnam:

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2IcmLkuhG0 (You can start this video at the 9:40 mark)

Primary Source Readings: File:Vietnam - Primary Sources Anti War Movement.pdf

Images and Cartoons: File:Anti Vietnam Movement Primary Sources.pdf (Warning: Some of the images may disturbing to some people. If you feel you may be bothered by some of the images please use the other resources available.)

Part 2: Afghanistan:

Article: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/06/when-and-why-did-americans-turn-against-the-war-in-afghanistan/240880/

Video: https://youtu.be/JAzWp4ZfHbg

Political Cartoons: File:Afghanistan Political Cartoons.pdf

Part 3: Iraq:

Video/Reading: http://americanhistory.about.com/od/warsanddiplomacy/fl/Reasons-for-the-Iraq-War.htm

Video: https://youtu.be/b_XRm0cU9lc

Iraq Resource 1: File:Iraq War Chart.pdf

Iraq Resource 2: File:Reasons against Iraq War.pdf

Primary Sources - Reasons for and Against Iraq:File:Perspectives of the Iraq War Primary Sources.pdf

Iraq War Political Cartoons: File:Iraq Politcal Cartoons.pdf


You will be responding to the question below in an online forum. (see link below)

Overall Discussion Questions:

- Out of Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, which wars do you feel were most and least justified?

- If you were alive during all of these wars, which ones would you be in favor of?...Which ones would you be opposed to?

- (Be sure to use at least 2 pieces of evidence from the class materials in units 1/2 as supporting information for your argument)


1) Answer the questions in your response

2) Reply to at least 2 posts made by your classmates, stating whether you agree or disagree with their post. Use evidence to support your stances.

How to Post:

To create your own thread go to the "Unit 2 Discussion" Thread. Here you will see a "New Topic" button on the bottom right. Click this button to create a new thread for the page. (The picture on the right will also show you where this is located)

Discussion Board Picture.png

***Be sure to include your name in the title of your post***

Unit 2 Discussion Board


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