My students were about to begin a thematic unit in American literature on war and remembrance. A couple of the books we read pertain to the Vietnam War (The Things They Carried and In Country) so I like to provide students with ample background information about the war. This year, I decided that students would be responsible for researching more of the information. I openly tell students that the historical background is not my area of expertise and that we must work together to learn about the war.
I borrowed a documentary about the Vietnam War from my school's history department and I gave students the following directions to complete during their viewing of the film by opening a shared Google Apps presentation: