Using this Material
Social studies instructors will want to take special note of activities prior to and following the timeline for the war. It is in the questions, activities and suggested research that the National Standards for the Teaching of History are met. The standards are defined below. Several of the questions can lead easily into intense and comprehensive investigation for individual or group work. Extensive original documentation related to the Vietnam War is also included in the module.
Instructors of writing and literature will want to include working with poetry and other writings in the module. Poetry is presented from several different perspectives—from both sides of the battle fields, and from various positions and voices.
This section includes “Thoughts, Short Excerpts and Quotes” related to the conflict. There are suggested activities on how to approach using this material. Having students expand a timeline, incorporate quotes into the final product, or create an historical or thematic “Readers’ Theater” are all possible ways to use material in this section.
There exists a bibliography for The Korean War. Each section has an extensive annotated bibliography on printed works originating from the wars, and on media associated with the wars. The bibliography is divided into fiction, contemporary poetry and short stories, non-fiction, and books on the culture of Korea.
The media section is divided into Internet sources, feature films and films produced for television, documentaries and independent films, and films produced by Korean about the war in their country. The Internet is a huge source of information about the Korean War. The sources cited in this section are reliable, informative and are managed for accuracy. In the film descriptions running time for most selections is provided in order to assist instructors considering how to incorporate the film class presentations. All of the films listed are available through various distribution sources.