During our study of the Vietnam War students read Howard Zinn's chpater on the war in A People's History as well as primary sources like the Pentagon Papers. They answer 48 guiding questions and then turn their responses to those questions into an 8-10 page essay.
They also watch a video which is based on the Zinn text:
Please view an example of a student essay draft below. Students then incorporate teacher comments into a typed final draft.