The question above is the essential question that you will consider as you read this book. The literature, activities, and organization of the book will lead you to think critically about this question and to develop a deeper understanding of how to make wise decisions.

To help shape your answer to the broad essential question, you will read and respond to four sections, or clusters. Each cluster addresses a specific question and thinking skill.

Cluster One

(What were the roots of the conflict) Summarize
  • Ballad of the Green Berets ( Sgt. Barry Sadler)
  • History (Thuong Vuong-Riddick)
  • The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution May Have Been the Gulf Between Truth and Fiction (M. Hirsh Goldberg)
  • Jack Smith (Ron Steinman)
  • On the Rainy River (Tim O'Brien)

Cluster Two

(What was the war experience?) Analyze
  • I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag (Joe McDonald)
  • Hippies (Alex Forman)
  • Village (Estela Portillo Trambley)
  • Farmer Nguyen (W. D. Ehrhart)
  • The Massacre at My Lai (Hugh Thompson)
  • A Nun in Ninh Hoa (Jan Barry)
  • A Piece of My Heart (Anne Simon Auger)

Cluster Three

(What was happening back home?) Generalize
  • San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair (John Phillips)
  • Law and Order Chicago Style (Donald Kaul)
  • Like a Rolling Stone (Ben Fong-Torres)
  • Woodstock Nation (Marc Aronson)
  • Woodstock: The Oral History (Irwin Unger)
  • State of Emergency at "The People's Republic of Berkeley" (Tom Hayden)
  • Cambodia (Richard M. Nixon)
  • The Kent State Tragedy (Roger Barr)
  • Born on the Fourth of July (Ron Kovic)

Cluster Four

(Thinking on your own) Thinking on your own
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (Pete Seeger)
  • Epilogue (Philip Caputo)
  • A President's Pain (Gerald R. Ford)
  • The Summer of Vietnam (Barbara Renaud Gonzalez)
  • Stop the Sun (Gary Paulsen)
  • To Heal a Nation (Joel L. Swerdlow)

Notice that the final cluster asks you think independently about your answer to the essential question.

Prediction: From the following picture, what can you guess the Class will be about?
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Creating Context

The Swinging Sixties

A Dubious Crusade

On the Home Front / In the War Zone

Concept Vocab

  • ARVN
  • Cold War
  • conscientious objector
  • containment
  • credibility gap
  • demilitarized zone
  • domino theory
  • draft
  • flower children
  • generation gap
  • Geneva Accords
  • hippie
  • Missing in Action (MIA)
  • napalm
  • prisoner of war (POW)
  • Vietcong (VC)
  • Vietminh
  • the Wall
  • yippies