Conduct an Interview

Conduct an Interview

The Vietnam War ended in 1975, which means that many people from this era are still alive today. Despite the many books and films that have been made about this war, the best way to get a personal understanding of this period is by speaking with someone who remembers it.
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A Different Kind of BattleField

A Different Kind of BattleField

From World War I

In the early years of WWI, army recruiters mined soccer games and rugby matches for recruits. According to historian Adam Hochschild, soccer games “proved the single best venue for recruiters.” Arriving spectators would see recruiters wearing sandwich boards bearing the message, “Your Country Needs You.” The game would start with a patriotic speech. Players often stepped forward to enlist, and fans quickly followed their lead.

My World

My World

From Global Citizenship

Through the “My World” Survey, people can identify which of the 17 SDGs matter most to them. At, you can take the survey and select six SDG priority areas. You can also view results by country to see what people care about across the globe.

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.



School Library Connections
The author does not shy from describing the deception and dishonesty prevalent among these central players, and the key events of the war are explained, complete with their importance. Readers are given glimpses of the war itself, from the use of defoliants such as Agent Orange, to the Cu Chi Tunnels used so effectively by the Viet Cong, to the protests of Buddhist monks, and the devastating effects of the war on the Vietnamese countryside. The book also recounts the growing disenchantment of the American public as the war dragged on. The role of the media, especially television, domestic/student protests, and the Pentagon Papers episode are all explained. The highlight of the book is its interactive aspect. Numerous sidebars ask students to consider critical questions, “Vocab Lab” invites readers to compile and practice vocabulary, and codes can be scanned to lead students to additional information such as Ho’s Declaration of Independence, propaganda cartoons, and relevant speeches. Bibliography. Glossary. Recommended

School Library Journal
"A well-organized and succinct work to accompany U.S. history units. The book follows the trajectory of the Vietnam War and includes vocabulary labs at the end of each chapter, project ideas (writing a song or poem about a current political/social concern), investigative questions and points to ponder or debate. (“How was guerilla warfare different from traditional warfare?”). Content includes the Chinese occupation, French imperialism, and U.S. sentiment following the fall of Saigon. The writing is concise with relevant sources and differing points of view. Tech enthusiasts will like the inclusion of QR codes with primary source videos and documents. VERDICT: This text could be used as a supplemental study guide for dedicated students."

Tom Heneghan, Reuters bureau chief in Bangkok for Thailand and Indochina in the late1980s
“The Vietnam War was the nightmare of my high school and college years, and I later covered post-war Vietnam as a foreign correspondent. This fine history gives today’s students both a clear overview of the conflict and the historical context to understand how it began and what its legacy has been.”

Matthew Masur, Associate Professor of History, St. Anselm College, co-editor of Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War
“A great introduction to the Vietnam War for young readers. Diggs’ book is clear, readable, and engaging. She takes an important but challenging topic and treats it with fairness and sensitivity.”

Detailed Book Description

More than 58,000 American troops and personnel died in the humid jungles and muddy rivers of Vietnam during the 20-year conflict. But why? What were they fighting for? And how could the world's most powerful military be defeated by a small, poverty-stricken country?

In The Vietnam War, kids ages 12 to 15 explore the global conditions and history that gave rise to the Vietnam War, the reasons why the United States became increasingly embroiled in the conflict, and the varied causes of its shocking defeat. The Vietnam War also pays close attention to the development of a massive antiwar movement and counterculture that divided the country into "hawks" and "doves." As middle schoolers learn about how the fear of the spread of communism spurred the United States to enter a war that was erupting on the other side of the world, they find themselves immersed in the mood and mindset of the Vietnam Era.

Try these hands-on projects and investigations!

  • Create antiwar and pro-war demonstration slogans
  • Write letters from the perspective of a U.S soldier and a south Vietnamese citizen
  • Build arguments for and against the media's coverage of the war
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History



What Was the Vietnam War?

Chapter 1
Vietnam’s Revolution Sparks War

Chapter 2
The Cold War Heats Up the Conflict

Chapter 3
Sinking Deeper into Hostilities

Chapter 4
Resistance and Division

Chapter 5
Spiraling to the End

Chapter 6
War’s Aftermath