SS.912.A.6.14

Analyze causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War.

Clarifications

Examples may include, but are not lmited to, Geneva Accords, Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, the draft, escalating protest at home, Vietnamization, the War Powers Act.

This benchmark is annually evaluated on the United States History End-of-Course Assessment. For more information on how this benchmark is evaluated view the United States History End-of-Course Assessment Test Item Specifications pages 45-46. Additional resources may be found on the FLDOE End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments webpage and the FLDOE Social Studies webpage.
General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 912
Strand: American History
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
2100320: United States History Honors (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
2100390: Visions and Countervisions: Europe, the U.S. and the World from 1848 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018 (course terminated))
2100400: The History of The Vietnam War (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023 (current), 2023 and beyond)
2100480: Visions and Countervisions: Europe, U.S. and the World from 1848 Honors (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
2100310: United States History (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7921025: Access United States History (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond)
2100315: United States History for Credit Recovery (Specifically in versions: 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.912.A.6.In.n: Identify causes and results of the Vietnam War.
SS.912.A.6.Su.n: Recognize a cause and result of the Vietnam War.
SS.912.A.6.Pa.n: Recognize that countries help other countries in war.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Assessments

Quiz: 1970s America :

Test your knowledge of 1970s America in this 14-question quiz provided by Khan Academy.

Type: Assessment

Quiz: 1960s America :

Try this 14-question multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about America in the 1960s. Foreign and domestic policy are both included in these questions.

Type: Assessment

Lesson Plans

Reading Like a Historian: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Was the U.S. planning to go war with North Vietnam before the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution? The teacher begins by showing a map of Vietnam (PowerPoint) and giving students extensive background information-and a timeline-about U.S. involvement in the conflict. Students then review 4 documents: 1) the text of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, 2) a memo from McGeorge Bundy to LBJ, 3) a telegram from State Secretary Rusk to the Vietnamese embassy, and 4) the transcript of a phone conversation between Bundy and LBJ. Students answer extensive guiding questions for all documents and write a paragraph-length response to the central question, corroborating all that they have learned. A final class discussion evaluates the evidence.

Type: Lesson Plan

Reading Like a Historian: Anti-Vietnam War Movement:

In this lesson, students analyze primary source documents in an effort to answer the central historical question: Why did many Americans oppose the Vietnam War? First, students view 2 anti-war images and a timeline of anti-war events. They fill out a graphic organizer and formulate a hypothesis that answers the central question; discussion follows. Students then read 2 documents: a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Kerry's testimony before Congress. For both, they complete questions on a graphic organizer. Final class discussion: Why did anti-war sentiment grow? Did only college kinds participate? How do you think supporters of the war might have responded?

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorial

America and the Vietnam War:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the major factors that led to America's involvement in the war in Vietnam.  You'll also learn about America's role during the war, how the war affected the American public, and the resulting consequences of the war.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Presentation/Slideshow

The Vietnam War:

This PowerPoint-style presentation covers American involvement in Vietnam and its legacy.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow

Resource Collections

Commemorating the Vietnam War:

This website, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, provides a wealth of resources that educators can use to teach their students about this important era in American history. Resources include an interactive historical timeline from 1945 to 1975, fact sheets detailing each branch of the U.S. military's involvement in the war, maps, and links to numerous primary source documents. The site also provides printable PDF posters that highlight different roles in the war, including the role of women and African Americans, as well posters that outline America's increasing involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1965, and posters that display service patches for each branch of the military.

Type: Resource Collection

American Experience: Lyndon B. Johnson:

This full-length video is a complete biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States. Topics touched on include the Great Society, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War. Teachers should find the video an excellent resource to review or learn more about this time period.

The webpage also includes numerous shorter videos, articles, and primary sources about LBJ, as well as a teacher's guide for using the film in class.

Type: Resource Collection

Tutorials

U.S. History Overview: WWII to Vietnam:

Learn about key events in American history from World War II to the Vietnam War in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy. In this brief historical overview, topics include the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean War, and the Space Race.

Type: Tutorial

The Vietnam War: Overview:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll learn about the causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War.

Type: Tutorial

Becoming Free:

Explore key events from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s in this webisode from PBS. During these decades, America closed out the Vietnam War era, saw the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War, and experienced a rise in terrorist attacks against Americans abroad and on American soil. In this resource you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to segments of key speeches, examine a timeline and glossary, take a quiz, and explore additional resources connected to this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

We Shall Overcome:

In this webisode brought to you by PBS, you will explore key events that took place in American history from 1963-1968, including the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. In this resource you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to segments of key speeches, examine a timeline and glossary, take a quiz, and explore additional resources connected to this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: The Cold War in Asia:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through key events of the Cold War in Asia. The United States' struggle against communist expansion led to full-blown, boots-on-the ground wars in both Korea and Vietnam. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

Original Student Tutorials Social Studies - U.S. History - Grades 9-12

America and the Vietnam War:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the major factors that led to America's involvement in the war in Vietnam.  You'll also learn about America's role during the war, how the war affected the American public, and the resulting consequences of the war.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorial

America and the Vietnam War:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the major factors that led to America's involvement in the war in Vietnam.  You'll also learn about America's role during the war, how the war affected the American public, and the resulting consequences of the war.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Assessments

Quiz: 1970s America :

Test your knowledge of 1970s America in this 14-question quiz provided by Khan Academy.

Type: Assessment

Quiz: 1960s America :

Try this 14-question multiple choice quiz to see how much you know about America in the 1960s. Foreign and domestic policy are both included in these questions.

Type: Assessment

Presentation/Slideshow

The Vietnam War:

This PowerPoint-style presentation covers American involvement in Vietnam and its legacy.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow

Tutorials

U.S. History Overview: WWII to Vietnam:

Learn about key events in American history from World War II to the Vietnam War in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy. In this brief historical overview, topics include the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean War, and the Space Race.

Type: Tutorial

The Vietnam War: Overview:

In this tutorial video from Khan Academy, you'll learn about the causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War.

Type: Tutorial

Becoming Free:

Explore key events from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s in this webisode from PBS. During these decades, America closed out the Vietnam War era, saw the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War, and experienced a rise in terrorist attacks against Americans abroad and on American soil. In this resource you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to segments of key speeches, examine a timeline and glossary, take a quiz, and explore additional resources connected to this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

We Shall Overcome:

In this webisode brought to you by PBS, you will explore key events that took place in American history from 1963-1968, including the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. In this resource you can examine primary source documents and photographs, listen to segments of key speeches, examine a timeline and glossary, take a quiz, and explore additional resources connected to this era. Enjoy this journey into American history!

Type: Tutorial

Crash Course U.S. History: The Cold War in Asia:

In this tutorial video, you'll take a whirlwind journey through key events of the Cold War in Asia. The United States' struggle against communist expansion led to full-blown, boots-on-the ground wars in both Korea and Vietnam. Enjoy this "crash course" in U.S. History!

Type: Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.