Teaching the Vietnam Era
The Vietnam War is one of the most divisive moments in US history and because of this, many educators experience difficulty teaching it in their classrooms. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund provides teachers with robust education materials to help students learn about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War, while reinforcing history, civic engagement, writing, and other interdisciplinary skills.
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By signing up, you can: connect with other teachers who teach on Vietnam; learn more about VVMF curriculum, programs, and resources; and serve as a local teacher ambassador for VVMF.
Echoes From The Wall Curriculum Set
Echoes From The Wall is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's comprehensive high-school level curriculum on the Vietnam war and era. This curriculum is available free of charge and comes complete with background readings, in-class and extension activities tied to national learning standards, and lecture presentations incorporating primary source audio and video that can be presented in the classroom. Follow the links below to access and download the curriculum.
Are you a veteran interested in educating future generations about the impact of the Vietnam war and era? Download a copy of VVMF's Echoes From the Wall speakers bureau guidelines and contact schools in your community to teach the lessons in the classroom!
Hometown Heroes: A Service Learning Project
With the goal to collect photos and stories of those on The Wall and those who returned, VVMF engaged the Veterans History Project (a part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress), to create the Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project. Through four separate lesson plans, students have an opportunity to learn about local veterans who served and sacrificed in Vietnam, and to preserve their stories for generations to come. The photos and stories collected through this project will be featured in The Education Center at The Wall.
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Teaching Vietnam Toolkit
For suggested web, film, and book resources on teaching the history and legacy of the Vietnam War, check out our toolkit.
Field Trip Guide
If you are planning a field trip to the Wall with your school or youth group, VVMF's field trip guide is an excellent resource for self-guided or teacher-led exploration of the memorial. The guide includes various onsite activities, as well as activities for the classroom. For those unable to visit the Memorial or Washington, D.C. area, this guide provides a framework for exploring memorials in your own community.
Girl Scout Day
Every year, VVMF hosts a Girl Scout day at the Vietnam Memorial where scouts have the chance to participate in different activities to earn badges while learning about the Memorial and interacting with Vietnam veterans.
Distance Learning Programs
Learn about the Vietnam War, discuss questions of war and peace, and view objects left in remembrance at the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall since 1982. From swords to draft cards, these objects represent the range of experiences citizens had during a divisive time in US history. Classrooms around the country can connect virtually to the artifacts of the Vietnam Memorial Collection through VVMF's distance learning programs. Sign up to request a program for your classroom!
Memorial Day Student Video Contest
Every year VVMF hosts a video contest open to students in grades 4 through 12 centered around a given theme. Contest submissions are judged by a panel of historians and educators, and the final winner receives the grand prize of an expenses-paid trip to Washington DC and the opportunity to participate in the Memorial Day ceremony on the National Mall.
To learn more about the contest and view past winners, click here.
Your class, school, or organization can host The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of The Wall and a Museum and Information Center designed to "bring The Wall home" to communities throughout our country. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions.