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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


Materials and Technology






  • Fiction or nonfiction books on the Vietnam War

  • Copy of HBO film Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam or other films. Be aware that many films are R rated.

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  • Gather copies of books for whole class book or literature circles. Be sure to review any books to ensure they are appropriate for students. Many novels exploring the Vietnam War include graphic and violent details as well as strong language. Student read the books before or during this project. This project is a supplement to the books that students read, providing additional information on the Vietnam War that students can use to inform their reading.

  • Likewise, check Websites to ensure that all are appropriate for the classroom. Additional links can be found at the Vietnam Veterans WWW Resources Site if needed.

  • Make copies or overhead transparencies of all handouts students will need: Vietnam Scavenger Hunt handout, Scavenger Hunt Template, Creating a Scavenger Hunt Question sheet, Self-Reflection sheet, and the Rubric.

  • If resources do not allow you to share the The War in Vietnam—A Story in Photographs Website with students, you might make overhead transparencies of the first page to use for your evaluation in Session Two.

  • If your students need extra practice or a more structured introduction to evaluating Websites, complete the Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection lesson before beginning this project.

  • Familiarize yourself with Internet scavenger hunts using the Scavenger Hunts resource.

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