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.  

Join the VVMF Teacher Network!

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.

 
 
 

Interested in setting up a project on the Vietnam era in your classroom? Email education@vvmf.org

 

Teaching Resources


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.

SOCIAL

MILITARY

MEDIA

POLITICS

 

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. 

Download: Hometown Heroes: A Service Learning Project

Plan A Visit

If you are planning a field trip with your school or youth group, we would love to meet you at The Wall. Please email education@vvmf.org or fill out our plan a visit form.

Can't visit the Memorial in person? Check out our virtual tour of the Memorial grounds.


Meet the Advisory Committee

VVMF's Content Advisory Committee is comprised of historians and experts in teaching who can guide VVMF's education programs and materials. Their primary goal is help craft a concise and compelling narrative of the Vietnam War.  

See the advisors


The Wall That Heals 

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.