Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How do you activate students' interest? How do you help students understand complex issues?
- What issues would you cover when teaching high school students about the Vietnam War?
- What sources would you use to present multiple points of view about the Vietnam War?
- How do you ensure objectivity in your presentation, and when is it appropriate (if ever) to share your personal opinions with students?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Public Opinion and the Vietnam War," take notes on Ms. Morrison's instructional strategies, particularly how she prepares for and uses a variety of sources. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- What do you think were the goals of this lesson?
- Which strategies were most effective in reaching those goals?
- How is this class different from yours? How would you introduce your own students to a controversial event in history? How would you present dissenting opinions?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Morrison's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.