Vietnam Era

What comes to mind when you think about the Vietnam Era? For many, that period represents a difficult time in U.S. history. It is defined by an unpopular war that claimed the lives of 58,000 Americans and some 3 million Vietnamese. In this course, you'll look at the history of the Vietnam War. The roots of the conflict stretch further back than you might know. You'll examine why the United States got involved in the conflict and why the United States failed to achieve its objectives.

  • Unit 1: Students will learn about the history of Vietnam before the war and explain why the United States got involved in Vietnam.
  • Unit 2: Students will study the growth of U.S. involvement in Vietnam following the 1954 Geneva Accords to the first American combat troops in 1965 after the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
  • Unit 3: Students will describe fighting techniques and efforts by both the Vietnamese and Americans as well as the U.S. public opinion about the war.
  • Unit 4: Students will explore the Tet Offensive, Vietnamization, and the end of the war.
  • Unit 5: Students will identify the outcome of the Vietnam War, examine the 1973 Paris Peace Accords, and explain the impact of the Vietnam War on American foreign policy.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Semester