The Impact of Civil War and Conflict on Identity
Themes & Core Questions:
do people define citizenship or nationality in the times
of government crisis? To what degree does political instability
affect the common person?
- What are the economic impacts
(both positive and negative) of domestic conflict or civil
war on the average citizen? What are some of the survival
strategies used to deal with these impacts?
- How do the five themes of geography (location, place, human
& environmental interaction, movement, and region
formation) shape the decisions made by citizens during
conflict or civil war?
- How do conflicts or civil wars affect religious institutions
and the religious beliefs of the average man or woman?
- What is the history of power sharing between ethnic groups
or social classes in the country affected by conflict
or civil war? How do values and attitudes toward ethnicity,
social class, and nationality change during civil war?
What factors have an effect on these changes?
Overview: The lessons on Vietnam include a letter written by Dinh
Mai-Ly, the daughter of a rice farmer in South Vietnam,
whose brother joins the National Liberation Front in 1960
and later on the Vietminh to fight for North Vietnam against
the United States and South Vietnam.
Time Required: 2 class periods or 90 minutes.
Suggested Grade Levels: Grades 8 –12
Interdisciplinary Applications: Social Studies and Literature
NJ Core Content Standards: 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.7, 6.8
- Explain how civil war impacts the common person.
- Analyze the effects of conflict on identity using PEERS.
- Synthesize the understanding of the impact of civil war
or conflict on the common person by developing empathy
for the various decisions they have to make.
- Assign reading for preparatory homework.
- Begin lesson by explaining activities.
- Students will view Power Point presentation on Vietnamese Conflict.
- Discussion based on Power Point presentation.
- Assign vocabulary for homework.
- Review Vocabulary
- Students should complete critical thinking questions as class.
- Suggested Activity: Assign “Resuscitation of the Dead Earth” for
Homework in preparation of Lesson 3 /li>
- Chung, Ly Qui, Between Two Fires, “Resuscitation of the Dead Earth”,
by Chu Thao, Praeger Publishers, New York, 1970. This is where the short
story on Binh Hoa came from. It is filled with interesting first person stories from the Vietnamese perspective about
- Larson, Wendy Wilder and Tran Thi Nga, Shallow Graves: Two Women and Vietnam, Random
House, New York, 1986. This is where the poems came from, but there are
many more in this book that traces the lives of an American
and a Vietnamese woman and how their destinies cross.
- SarDesai, D.R., Vietnam: The Struggle for National Identity, Westview
Press, Boulder, 1992. A comprehensive book on the history of Vietnamese
nationalism, but an easy read.
- Vietnam Documents at http://coombs.anu.edu.au/~vern/van_kien/declar.html
was a great site for primary documents and had a lot of great links at the homepage WWW VL for Vietnam.
- I found a great map at http://coombs.anu.edu.au/~vern/ban_do/ethnoling.tif
Critical thinking worksheet