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Classroom simulations are educational exercises that teachers and students can use to dramatize an historical or fictional event in their classrooms. CAHO teachers developed the simulations according to the methodology of Eric Rothschild. Rothschild, a nationally recognized teacher, also reviewed the simulations. Each simulation includes (1) a brief historical background, (2) a cast of fictional or historical characters for students to impersonate, (3) a pre-simulation writing assignment to help students research their characters, (4) discussion questions to guide the simulation, and (5) a post-simulation writing assignment to help students assess what they have learned. The simulation experience helps students explore salient aspects of American history in a fun and thought-provoking way.

Featured Simulation

The United States in Vietnam
In this simulation, a special congressional committee—the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Vietnam—will examine changes in U.S. foreign policy toward Vietnam from 1954 through 1975. The committee will investigate why the United States entered the war but failed to prevent the communist takeover of the Republic of South Vietnam. Students will impersonate historical characters who are called to testify before this fictitious Senate subcommittee. The historical characters will explain, from their perspective, why the United States entered the war, why it escalated its military involvement there, and then, despite the escalation, why it suffered defeat. Do the senators and journalists reporting on the investigation blame any one U.S. president? Or do they blame rather a wide range of circumstances both domestic and international? This simulation will expose students to a variety of conflicting interpretations of the U.S. role in Vietnam.


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