Vietnam — Can you be a Vietnam War ‘Myth Buster’?

Case Study Overview

There are many aspects of the Vietnam War that are popularly accepted. This unit puts them to the test. Did Whitlam bring the troops home? Were returning soldiers splattered with paint? Did Australians oppose the war? Were protesters just scruffy university radicals? Were soldiers forced to go to Vietnam? The unit introduces such themes, and lets students be the ‘myth busters’ by providing them with evidence that will support or refute each claim. They make the decisions!

Case Study unit of work inquiry structure (pdf)

  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Activity 1: What is a ‘myth’?
    Understanding the main concept(s) raised in the case study
  • Activity 2: Discovering people’s images of the Vietnam War?
    Conducting interviews and recording information
  • Activity 3: Visiting the scene of the events
    Looking at the video segment of this case study and answering questions about it
  • Activity 4: Testing evidence about some ‘myths’ of Australia in the Vietnam War
    Summarising findings and developing skills to critically analyse the myths

For Secondary Students

• Migration experiences (1945 - present)

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