The Korean War and Its Legacy: Teaching about Korea through Inquiry
Korean War Legacy Foundation. 231 pages. 2019
News headlines regularly remind us of the importance of the Korean Peninsula and the challenges facing U.S. policy on North Korea.
The tensions in Korea are part of the legacy of the Korean War, which culminated in an armistice in 1953, but has never been concluded by a peace treaty. Often described as the "Forgotten War," it had significant consequences for the United States and the world. Even though more than a million U.S. soldiers fought in the Korean War, and 28,000 U.S. forces are still stationed in South Korea, it only receives limited coverage in history textbooks.
This book fills an important gap by presenting rich primary resources in the form of oral histories, photos, and official documents of the Korean War that enable teachers and students to explore the war through the eyes of those who experienced its intensity and hardships. The contributors to the book also offer important background information about contemporary Korea and the challenges facing United States diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula.
The lesson plans in this book are inquiries based on the C3 Framework that pose important questions and show students how to evaluate evidence, make analyses, and communicate conclusions about the Korean War and its legacy. This unique collection of teaching ideas and resources will enable students to learn about the Korean War in depth and understand the historical background to today's headlines.
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