A discussion guide for secondary teachers now available! It may be used to accompany the book, Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian in the Vietnam War.
In addition to discussion questions, there is a Venn diagram, a crossword puzzle, and also separate discussion pages for separate questions. The guide may be found at Wise Owl Factory at this blog post. Sometimes, it comes in handy to have a wife who writes curriculum. The educational handout may also be used with any book club that might read and discuss the book, although perhaps only the question pages would apply to many such groups.
In case you are thinking this is a *war* book, it isn’t the typical story and has a much different perspective. In fact, this link is to a blog post review written by someone who doesn’t like war stories at all! This book has humorous adventures and has been compared to the type of stories found in M*A*S*H.
Castleview Academy says:
“This is a story about a young man in a blue suit, white shirt, and tie who has left academia and is beginning his venture into the real world as an engineer; and little did he know how real that world would become.”
Right, you read that correctly, I went to Vietnam in a plane full of military personnel wearing a blue suit. Later it came in handy when invited to the Marine’s birthday party. I didn’t happen to have a tux to wear, or any military dress uniform. As a civilian embedded with the Marines, I had to carve out my place at DaNang Airbase. You can see several pages of the book by using the “look inside” feature on the Amazon page. The first story is, of course, free, on the MNVietnam.org story wall. The story wall is a Minnesota PBS Initiative project.
Thank you for reading, Gary