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Web Quest Title:  The Geography and Culture of Vietnam      

Author:  Ross Webster

Date:  March 11, 2003

Dear Colleague: 

This unit is designed to introduce students to the physical and cultural geography of Vietnam.  The web quest will require the students to research and report on various regions of Vietnam with an emphasis on physical and cultural geography.  The students will then analyze how these regional differences affected US soldiers during the Vietnam War.  The unit will conclude with student presentations of their web quest assignment and a teacher led discussion.        

Unit Summary:

Goals/Objectives: 

  1. Students will research the three regions of Vietnam.
  2. Students will describe the differences between the physical and cultural geography of the three regions of Vietnam.
  3. Students will analyze how these differences affected the method of warfare in each region during US involvement in the Vietnam War.

Days:

3 Days (90 minute blocks)

Content: 

This unit will involve the students exploring the geography and culture of Vietnam.  They will need to organize their project based on Vietnamís three geographic regions.  For each of these regions they need to identify the physical and cultural geography of the region.  The class will be divided into six groups for the research and then each group will be responsible for either the physical or cultural geography of one region during the in-class presentations.  This will be utilized at the beginning of my History of the Vietnam War class to expose the students to the different types of areas and cultures that the US soldier came in contact with depending on where they were stationed in Vietnam.

Methods:

Within this unit, the class is involved in cooperative learning, group discussion, direct instruction using PowerPoint, the culminating web quest activity and teacher led discussion.

Web Quest Summary:

Goals/Objectives:

  1. Students will use the internet to research the regions of Vietnam.

  2. Students will understand the differences between each region by comparing the physical and cultural attributes of each .

  3. Students will be able to discuss how physical and cultural attributes of each region affected the manner in which US troops fought the Vietnam War.

    Days:

1 1/2  Days (90-minute blocks)

    Content:

Students will explore several websites to research their assigned region for either physical or cultural attributes.  Student groups will take notes about the region in preparation for creating a power point presentation of the assigned characteristic of their assigned region. (these notes along with the sources cited, will be turned in on day 2)  The students will then construct a power point presentation of 5 - 7 slides, that includes all of the required items listed on the process page on the Web Quest. This power point will be turned it in to the teacher at the end of day 2.

    Methods:

Students will  use computers and online resources to research the region they are assigned .  They will construct a power point presentation based on their group research.  The teacher will then use this research and the studentsí presentations to create an overview power point, that includes all six of the groups products, that will  review the geography (both physical and cultural) of Vietnam.  After the power point presentations, the teacher will lead a class discussion on how the differences in the regions affected how the US fought the Vietnam War.

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Teacher Background Resources
Introduction to web based learning:

http://athene.riv.csu.edu.au/%7Ekhanson/webquests.htm

http://webquest.sdsu.edu/
Vietnam Background Sites:
http://www.countrywatch.org/links/vietnam.htm
http://www.teachvietnam.org/

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/vntoc.html

Web quest Teacher Resources
Examples of web quests:
http://www.plainfield.k12.in.us/hschool/webq/webq4/vietwa~l.htm
http://www.geocities.com/tinakorich/Title
 

Student Background Resources
 
 http://www.datviet.com/vietnam/overview/eover_index.html
 http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761552648
 http://www.vietnampix.com/fire4.htm
Web quest Student Resources
http://www.mapzones.com/world/asia/vietnam/
http://www.datviet.com/vietnam/overview/eover_index.html
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/vietnam.html
http://www.hhss.se/utskott/eaa/projectvietnam1996/pvintrod.htm
http://www.historychannel.com/tdih/index.html
http://www.vstudies.org/


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


Day 1    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Teacher directed lecture Introduction to  regional differences.                                       Teacher uses a map of the US and has students discuss regional differences in the United States.

The US regions  lecture/discussion bridges the topic of regional differences in Vietnam.  A map of Vietnam can be used to point out the regions.  

US Map, Map of Vietnam
Introduction to web quest The teacher will introduce the concept of a web quest by using an example of a web quest using the LCD panel. LCD panel, example of a web quest, computer
Group Assignment The teacher will divide the class into 6 groups, explain the web quest assignment and method of grading. teacher directions
Library Research Students will go to the media center and begin work on their research using the web links included in the web quest page Vietnam web quest, media center or computer lab

 


Day 2    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Student research  Using the computers in the media center, the students will continue their research of their topic. Media center or computer lab
Power Point construction Students will use the notes gathered from their web quest to construct their power point slides (5 - 7 slides) that depict their assigned region and geographic characteristic. Media center or computer lab, web quest, power point program.
Teacher power point construction The students will each turn in their research notes, with sources cited, and their power point slides to the teacher.  The teacher combines the slides to create one power point about the physical and cultural regions of Vietnam.

Extra information may be added by the teacher using information found on the teacher resource web pages listed under "Vietnam background sites" in the teacher resource section of this page. 

Computer, Example of Vietnam power point

Day 3    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Power Point Presentation Using the combined power point presentation, the students take turns presenting their section of the power point to the class. Power point, computer, LCD panel
Student notes page The students will take notes about the three regions of Vietnam while the spokesman teaches each section. Class spiral notebook
Teacher led discussion After the power point and the notes, the teacher will lead a discussion about how the differences in geography affected the US Soldiers fighting methods and conditions during the Vietnam War. Teacher led discussion

Conclusion:

After the class has finished with this unit the students will have an understanding of the physical and cultural make up of each of the three regions of Vietnam.  The students will be able to describe the differences between the three geographic regions .  In addition, students will understand how the differences between the three regions led to different methods of fighting for US Soldiers involved in the Vietnam War.  

Credits/References:

Web Quest created by Ross Webster, Social Studies teacher at Blake High School, Tampa, Florida.

Contact: ross.webster@sdhc.k12.fl.us

 

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