Understanding by Design

Designer Name(s): Samantha Meade & Brandon Purvis                                         Date: February 3, 2017

Subject Area: English 11 and US History                                                                    Grade Level(s): 11th

Unit Title/Focus: The Vietnam War: History & Literature

Estimated Amount of Instructional Time: 5 Weeks

Stage 1 – Desired Results

State Content and Common Core Skill Standards:

California Content Standards for HSS 11.9.3 - Trace the origins and geopolitical consequences (foreign and domestic) of the Cold War and containment policy, including the following: the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

California Content Standards for HSS 11.9.4 - List the effects of foreign policy on domestic policies and vise versa (e.g., protests during the war in Vietnam).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.12.2  - Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

ELD Standards for Grades 11-12 - I.B.6.b - Explain inferences and conclusion drawn from close reading of grade-level texts and viewing of multimedia using a variety of verbs and adverbials.  

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.12.1.B - Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.

ELD Standards for Grades 11-12 - I.C.11.a - Justify opinions or persuade others by making connections and distinctions between ideas and texts and articulating sufficient, detailed, and relevant textual evidence or background knowledge by using appropriate register.  

Enduring Understandings:

Students will understand that…

  • Actions have consequences.
  • What seems right to one man, seems wrong to another.

Essential Questions:

  • Do the ends justify the means?
  • What is the cost of war?
  • Can war be morally justified?

Big Idea(s)

The Cost of War (Foreign and Domestic)

Morality of War

What students will know:

  • Foreign and domestic consequences (social, political, and economic) that came out of the Korean and Vietnam wars
  • How the Vietnam War affected the soldier as developed throughout Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried
  • Students will understand the differences between Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in regard to rhetorical writing.

What students will be able to do:

  • Analyze rhetorical strategies used to persuade
  • Utilize multiple sources to write comprehensive analysis of a text.
  • Utilize research skills to develop well articulated claims/arguments.
  • Reflect critically on the costs and effects of war both from a foreign and domestic prospective.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Tasks:

Service Learning (Domestic)

  • Direct- Volunteer at VA
  • Indirect- Collecting for local vets group
  • Advocacy- Group presentation about vets
  • Research- Interview a vet

Cooperative Learning Project (Foreign)

  • How did the Vietnam War affect American foreign policy?
  • How did those policies specifically shape our current geopolitical atmosphere with your country?
  • Vietnam
  • South Korea
  • North Korea
  • USSR/ Russia
  • Thailand
  • Laos
  • Cambodia
  • France

Other Evidence:

  • On-Demand Essay about TTTC
  • Group Reading Activity Graphic Organizer
  • SOAPSTone sheets for
  • Nixon Speech
  • LBJ Speech
  • Letters from Vietnam
  • On-Demand Essay about the Draft.
  • Selective Services Act Fishbowl
  • Songs of Protest
  • Photo Analysis
  • Three Administrations DBQ

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Learning Activities:

-See Unit Calendar