Overview: Through the use of a computer simulation and accompanying instructional materials, middle school students will study the point of view that the U.S. military policy of using search-and-destroy (S & D) missions to eliminate the Vietcong was a “fix” that failed.
Students will identify and explain patterns of change leading up to the conflict in Vietnam.
Students will identify and explain causal connections between patterns of change leading up to the war in Vietnam.
Students will analyze the dynamics within the simulation in order to understand how actions affect outcomes that happen in the short-term vs. the long-term.
Students will explain the “Fixes-that-fail” archetype as it applies to Vietnam in order to show their understanding of reasons for the failure of U.S. military policy in Vietnam.
Students will apply the “Fixes-that-fail” archetype to a similar situation and be able to explain how it’s a fix that fails.
Middle School Social Studies,
Cold War Unit
Standard and benchmarks:
Identify patterns of change and continuity and historical succession of related events.
Understand the impact that specific individuals, events, ideas and beliefs have had on history.
Identify causal relationships within historical contexts.
Understand influences on American domestic and foreign policy during the Cold War era.
Change over time
Reinforcing and balancing feedback relationships
Short versus long-term consequences
Overhead transparencies made from accompanying documents
Copies of “Search-and-Destroy Policy in Vietnam” student packet