Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Cold War (WebLessons) Project
December 2011
Lesson Plan
Richard Zukowski

I had the opportunity to travel to South Korea in the Summer of 2011 for 2 weeks as part of a teacher fellowship presented by The Korea Society. Much of the content covered will be based on my experiences from the fellowship.
Class: 20th-21st Century History Class (11th Grade Year) 50 minute classes

Focus:  Korean War and Korea today

Monday:  Events leading to the Korean War and origins of the Korean War: 
1.  View Origins of Korean War timeline - discuss prior knowledge of the end of Pacific theater of World War II
2.  View and Discuss slideshare of the Korean War

Origins of Korean War timeline:  

Tuesday:  Modern Korea - South versus North Korea
1.  View slideshare of The Republic of South Korea
2.  View slideshare of the North Korea Pwpt

South Korea versus North Korea timeline

Wednesday:  The Demilitarized Zone and Joint Security Area

1. Teacher will bring in information on DMZ field trip, pictures that outlines the Memorials and locations along the route, and describe current feelings along the DMZ.  Book from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Panmunjeom-Facts-About-Korean-DMZ/dp/1565913116/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324136601&sr=8-1 
2. View video from CNN "Scariest Place on Earth" - ask why would it be scary?
3.  Watch Trailer of movie: JSA - we will watch this movie Thursday and Friday.
4.  First-hand account of experiences at the JSA this summer .  Photos from teacher's personal album.
5.  Compare living conditions in South Korea versus North Korea.
6. Story of North Korean Propaganda village and small farming village within the JSA.

Korea's DMZ:  "Scariest Place on Earth"

Trailer for movie:  JSA

At the DMZ/JSA:

Thursday and Friday:
View film"  JSA:  Joint Security Area  (Korean language filmed translated and subtitled into English; available on Netflix streaming, Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/J-S-Joint-Security-Area/dp/B0009NZ78I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1324136147&sr=8-2).
1.  Prior to viewing film, discuss the perception North Koreas and South Korea citizens and soliders.  Remember that Seoul is only 30 miles from the border and another 60 miles from Pyongyang.
2.  Discuss following the film.  How would relationships between the nations be different?  Could this happen in reality?


  1. Richard,
    Very good job indeed! I appreciated the opportunity to work my way through this unit. It's great.

  2. Rich, I think you might think about adding "MASH" as supplemental viewing at some point. The Forgotten War has some contemporary followers. You might sift through several seasons, but I'm sure you will find some social commentary and a connection to the timeline that your kids will grasp. Changing roles for women in the military... difference between war then and now... I really enjoyed the first ppt.
    Nice summary of major action and Medal of Honor recipients.