The curriculum The United States in Afghanistan helps students consider the issues surrounding the U.S. role in Afghanistan in a constructive context that promotes dialogue about future policy directions.
Videos for Lessons: The videos below accompany lessons in the teacher's guide of the printed curriculum unit.
Videos for Readings follow the outline of the printed curriculum unit.
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The United States in Afghanistan
David B. Edwards
Jennifer L. Fluri
George Washington University
Day One Lesson: The Geography of Afghanistan
This video can be used after students complete the map activities in the lesson prior to class discussion about the role of Afghanistan's geography in its history.
Day One Optional Lesson: Looking at Afghanistan
These videos can be used with the Day 1 optional lesson plan. Students might find it useful to watch the videos after reading the introduction to the lesson and before viewing the photos.
Day Two Lesson: Life Under the Taliban
These videos could be used as prompts for the "Focus Question" section of this lesson. The videos provide additional context for the primary sources that students examine.
Day Two Optional Lesson: The Cold War and the Soviet Invasion
These videos can be used with the Day 2 optional lesson plan. Students needing review on the Cold War might find it useful to watch these videos before beginning the lesson.
After completing the activity, the following videos will further enrich students' understanding of the war's impact on U.S.-Soviet relations.
Day Three: Role-Playing the Four Options: Organization and Preparation
These videos can help students gather useful information in preparation for the role play.
Day Five Lesson: The Costs of War
These videos can be used with the Day 5 lesson. The videos could help generate discussion about the U.S. role in Afghanistan.
Optional Lesson: Voices from Afghanistan
This lesson examines writings by Afghan women. These three videos provide additional context that may be useful for students before they begin the activity.