VIETNAM WAR ESSAY QUESTION

On FRIDAY you will answer the following essay question:

How did the Tet Offensive, My Lai Massacre, and Kent State affect American politics, society, and the course of the war in Vietnam?

Please prepare to write a multi-paragraph essay with an opening, body, and conclusion.

You will be graded based on the PENNSYLVANIA WRITING ASSESSMENT DOMAIN SCORING GUIDE.

Please prepare your thoughts ahead of time. You can and should STUDY for an essay test. You will be allowed to use a 3x5 note card with a basic outline to assist you. The note card may not have complete sentences and must be turned in with your essay.

Sources of Information
Ø Textbook – Chapter 22
o Tet Offensive p. 741-742
o My Lai Massacre p. 748-749
o Kent State p. 749
Ø Vietnam Note Packet
Ø Vietnam Reading Packet



Ø Internet

Helpful Hints
Ø Your opening should describe the Vietnam War in general.
o Who, What, When, Where, and Why (THINK page 1 and 2 of Note Packet)
o You should then have a thesis statement introducing the three main topics.
Ø Your body should be descriptive with analysis.
o Describe each of the three events in detail as if the reader knows absolutely nothing. How did America react to each of these events?
o When was it decided that the US was losing the war in Vietnam?
o How did Vietnam turn from bad to worse?
Ø Your conclusion should summarize your main points.

THE VIETNAM ESSAY IS A MAJOR GRADE FOR THE 2nd MARKING PERIOD.