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Building Vietnam War Scavenger Hunts through Web-Based Inquiry

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Building Vietnam War Scavenger Hunts through Web-Based Inquiry

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Patricia Schulze

Yankton, South Dakota


National Council of Teachers of English



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This research project brings multiple perspectives into the classroom during or after the reading of any book about Vietnam—fiction or nonfiction, as a whole class or in literature circles. Students, working in small groups, adopt the perspective of members of a group involved in the war (e.g., soldier, nurse, doctor, photojournalist, TV reporter) and conduct Internet research to explore how that particular group was affected. After completing their research, students compose a scavenger hunt, constructing a series of questions leading to the answer of an overarching question: “What was the effect of the Vietnam War on the particular group?” Student groups then share their scavenger hunts with one another and reflect on how their research relates to the books they have read.

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Website Evaluation Form: Students can use this online tool to answer specific questions to evaluate Websites.

The War in Vietnam—A Story in Photographs: This National Archive resource offers primary source photographs from the Vietnam war.

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Linda Starr explains, "Internet scavenger hunts are a way for students to practice problem solving, improve their reading and comprehension skills, and learn how to search the Internet." "Computers and technology," according to Lara Gillian, "allow students to work beyond the often linear modes that non-technological teaching requires" (22). Designing the scavenger hunts allows students to go beyond their basic research abilities by creating new artifacts in a creative medium. The perspectives of the various people involved in the Vietnam War era provide natural lens for students to investigate the Vietnam War. Learning about the soldiers, doctors, nurses, photographers, and other who took part in the war and applying that knowledge in an imaginative, creative format helps students make connections to literature and the past, which "will enrich their lives long after they leave our classrooms" (Johannessen 62).

Further Reading

Gillian, Lara and C. Hill. "To What Extent Should English Teachers Embrace Technology?" English Journal 90.2 (November 2000): 22-26.


Johannessen, Larry R. "Fostering Response to Vietnam War Literature through the Arts." "Scavenger Hunts: Searching for Treasure on the Internet." Education World 1/25/1999. Accessed 12/28/2004 from http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr113.shtml.

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