Research Projects

Research Background Vietnam

Teachers Guide Story Behind the Names

The Story Behind the Names

Rubric

Overview

Two research project options are offered here: “Background Vietnam” and “The Stories Behind the Names”  so you can tailor the assignment to your students’ abilities and interests.  Both choices are designed so your students can create a multi-media product for presentation to the class.  A grading rubric is included at the end.

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In The Shadow of The Blade Research Project:  Background Vietnam

 

You are the teacher!  Choose a sub-topic below or have one of your own approved, and become a “subject matter expert.”  Create a multi-media presentation for class presentation.  Date due:____________________________________.

The Hanoi Hilton                                                      Operation Babylift

The Battle of the Ia Drang                                       Lam Son 719

Hamburger Hill                                                          Khe Sahn

War dogs in Vietnam                                                Swift Boats

Gulf of Tonkin incident                                            Vietnam war technology

Ho Chi Minh Trail                                                     The Navy Seawolves

The USO in Vietnam                                                 Special Forces in Vietnam

Operation Rolling Thunder                                     Montagnard tribes in the war

Dustoff                                                                           Military medics

The Purple Heart                                                        The Congressional Medal of Honor

Vietnam nurses                                                           Hospital ships

Red Cross Donut Dollies                                          Gold Star Mothers

Navy SEALS in Vietnam                                           PSYOPS (propaganda)

POW bracelets                                                             The Battle of Hue

The Tet Offensive                                                        Helicopters in Vietnam

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial                           Agent Orange

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Background Vietnam Multi-Media Requirements

Final project must include:

  1. At least 10 slides, including:
    1. A title slide
    2. A thesis slide
    3. Supporting information
    4. Appropriate graphics
    5. Complete Works Cited slide
    6. Optional but encouraged:  music, audio, art
  2. 2.             Information from at least three written sources.  One must be a first-person (primary) source.
  3. 3.             Internal notations for quoted material.

 

Remember: 

 

Text is the “meat and potatoes.”  Audio and graphics are the salt and pepper.  Concentrate on facts first and spices as flavor.

 

Do not overuse special effects, colors, mixed fonts and gimmicks which can often distract the audience.

 

Be sure your text is readable.  Make sure fonts are large enough and stand out against backgrounds.

 

Do not type too much on one slide.

 

Pay attention to Fair Use Guidelines.  Cite your sources, including photographs.

 

Practice your presentation before you give it!  Multi-media is a way to support an oral presentation.  Do not read to your audience; tell them a story.  Use your slide show to support your story.  Elaborate!

 

 

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TEACHER GUIDE: In The Shadow of The Blade Learning Activity:

 

The Stories Behind The Names

As In The Shadow of the Blade illustrates, behind each name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“The Wall”) is the story of a person who left friends and loved ones behind.  This learning activity encourages students to connect with—and perhaps help preserve—those stories in a way that will have lifelong meaning for them and others.

 

  1. Students select the name of an American killed in Vietnam, either through In the Shadow of the Blade, through personal knowledge, or through Internet listings (www.virtualwall.org) or www.thevirtualwall.org.

 

  1. Students research information about the individual, including his or her branch of service, unit, dates of service, military occupational specialty (“job”), family, city, cause of death, and another information that brings the veteran “to life.”  Factual information related to the war (places, battles, roles) should be included.

 

  1. Students create a history of the person, ideally including written and graphic components.  Students should also be encouraged to create a personal tribute.  This project is ideally presented in a multi-media slide show, but can also be an opportunity for students to use their artistic skills in other media.

 

  1. The final product is presented to the class and, if appropriate, to the Virtual Wall, or to the family.  Students should be advised that, should they  have the opportunity to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, they can leave their tributes, which are collected nightly and stored by the National Archives.

 

Note:  This is a great opportunity for young people to use their individual talents.  Those who can write poetry, compose songs, paint, draw, etc. should be encouraged to use their talents in this project.

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In The Shadow of The Blade Learning Activity:

NAME:_________________________________CLASS:__________________

The Stories Behind The Names

 

As In The Shadow of the Blade illustrates, behind each name on the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“The Wall”) is the story of a person who left friends and loved ones behind.  This learning activity encourages you to connect with—and perhaps help preserve—those stories in a way that will have lifelong meaning for them and others.

 

  1. Select the name of an American Killed In Action (KIA) in Vietnam, either through In The Shadow of The Blade, through personal knowledge, or through Internet listings (www.thevirtualwall.org).

 

2.   Research information about the individual, including his or her branch of service, unit, dates of service, military occupational specialty (“job”), family, city, cause of death, and another information that brings the veteran “to life.”  Factual information related to the war (places, battles, roles) should be included.

 

3.  Create a history of the person, including written and graphic components in a multi-media presentation, according to the requirements.

Final project must include:

At least 10 slides, or an original artistic creation, including:

  1. A title
  2. A thesis
  3. Supporting information
  4. Appropriate graphics
  5. Complete Works Cited
  6. Optional but encouraged:  music, audio, art

Information from at least three written sources.  One must be a first-person (primary) source.

Internal notations for quoted material.

4.  Present your final product to the class and, if you choose, to the Virtual Wall and/or the family.   Should you ever have the opportunity to visit the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial, you can leave your tribute and it will be collected and stored by the National Archives.

 

Appropriate tone and respect are expected of and required from you at all times during this project. 

 

 

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In The Shadow of The Blade Learning Activity:

Multi-Media Project Rubric

 

 

 

STUDENT’S NAME:______________________________________________________

 

PRESENTATION TITLE:__________________________________________________

 

 

Required slides                                 10 points                                            ___________

 

Consistent background                    10 points                                            ___________

 

Readable font                                     20 points                                            ___________

 

Substantive content                          35 points                                            ___________

 

Visual enhancements                       15 points                                            ___________

 

Reflects serious work/

Professional look                               10 points                                            ___________

 

Total points earned                          100 points                                         ___________

 

 

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