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Secret War Educator Toolkit

A partnership of TPT and the Minnesota Humanities Center

Twin Cities PBS

Minnesota Humanities Center

Collage of Hmong veterans and children.

In the shadows of the Vietnam War, the CIA conducted a secret war in Laos that relied on Hmong soldiers to prevent the threat of communism from spreading deeper into Southeast Asia. A brand new collection of resources based on the Twin Cities PBS documentary America’s Secret War empowers educators to bring this story into their classrooms in fresh and engaging ways.

First-person storytelling, interactive maps, and accessible guides make themes like duty, sacrifice, migration, and freedom relevant for all of us. Activities also embrace concepts of the Humanities Center’s approach to engagement through absent narratives- those voices often left out or marginalized- with the goal of helping students engage others with respect and empathy.

Start here with the America’s Secret War Educator Toolkit Rationale.

 


FILM & VIEWING GUIDE

WATCH THE FILM

Viewing Guide: PDF DOCUMENT   |   WORD DOCUMENT

Click the .pdf or Word .doc links below to download the activity guides to use in your classroom.


LANGUAGE ARTS

prepared by Chong Thao, a high school English Language Arts teacher for Saint Paul Public Schools. View Unit Rationale.

PDF DOCUMENT   |   WORD DOCUMENT


Hmong soldiers with CIA leaders

SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES: DUTY & SACRIFICE

prepared by Michael Paulson, a high school social studies teacher for Intermediate District 287. View Unit Rationale.

PDF DOCUMENT   |   WORD DOCUMENT


Hmong family in a refugee camp

SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES: MIGRATION

prepared by Thown Va Thor, a middle school social studies teacher at New Millennium Academy

PDF DOCUMENT   |    WORD DOCUMENT


ELEMENTARY

prepared by Chia Xiong, an elementary teacher at Roseville Area Schools

PDF DOCUMENT   |   WORD DOCUMENT


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

A list of multimedia list of resources related to the film: PDF DOCUMENT   |   WORD DOCUMENT

About the Toolkit & Film: PDF DOCUMENT   |   WORD DOCUMENT


A partnership of TPT and the Minnesota Humanities Center 2019

contact: [email protected] for more information 

 

Collage of Hmong photos

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