Monday, October 25, 2010

New Teaching Guide Available for Academy Award Nominated Documentary!

In 1971, when Dr. Daniel Ellsberg leaked what came to be known as “The Pentagon Papers”—classified documents detailing the history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam—to the press, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger called him “the most dangerous man in America who must be stopped at all costs.” In the documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, provides a comprehensive look at the release of these documents and the shockwaves that were set off in America as a result. PBS is screening the documentaryfor free as part of their POV series through October 27, 2010.

In collaboration with the documentary’s filmmakers—Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith—the Zinn Education Project has released a free 94-page teaching guide to accompany the film, offering eight lessons on the Vietnam War, Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblowing, the Pentagon Papers and more. The guide uses a variety of teaching strategies, including role play, critical reading, discussion, mock trial, small group imaginative writing, and personal narrative.

In addition to the fantastic activities included in the teaching guide, the Zinn Education Project has included a thorough list of additional reading resources to supplement the study of the film. Be sure to check out:

  1. Walter Dean Myers’s Patrol
  2. Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States
  3. Marilyn Young’s The Vietnam Wars
This film—and the accompanying teaching guide and supplementary materials—are sure to help students learn about the Vietnam War while engaging them in critical thinking about their own responsibilities as truth-tellers and peacemakers.

1 comment:

  1. Howard Zinn infuses the often-submerged voices of blacks, women, American Indians, war resisters, and poor laborers of all nationalities into this thorough narrative that spans American history from Christopher Columbus's arrival to an afterword on the Clinton presidency.