Several representatives from both parties gregariously and at turns humorously support US involvement in the Persian Gulf War - '91.
In this lesson, students will work in groups in the jigsaw format to research moments where vigorous debate on the Congress floor played a large role in influencing the course of American History. Students will learn about key historical events including: the Persian Gulf War (1991), the Civil Rights Act (1964), Andrew Johnson's Impeachment (1867-68), the Treaty of Versailles / League of Nations (1919), and the passage of the Affordable Care Act (2010). Students will become experts on one of the five selected topics, and then participate in a presentation of learning to share their knowledge with their peers.
Separate into groups of 3-5 students and assign or otherwise select one topic per student group.
Watch the relevant video clips for your assigned group using the topic library assembled below.
Persian Gulf War
VIDEO CLIP: Persian Gulf: Support from Democrats and Republicans (4:05)
VIDEO CLIP: Persian Gulf: Patricia Schroeder (1:24)
VIDEO CLIP: Persian Gulf: Bernie Sanders (4:13)
Each report will answer the following questions regarding the specific historical event:
Presentation of Learning:
You will prepare a presentation for the class that meets the following expectations:
Hold a class discussion or socratic seminar following the presentations of learning to any of the following questions: