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Pre-Viewing Lesson Plan
  • Iraq Timeline: 2002-Present
  • Student Handout: Crossword Review: Iraq Timeline
  • Crossword Solution

  • Viewing Lesson Plan
  • Student Viewing Activity: The Invasion of Iraq
  • Student Handout: The Invasion of Iraq: Student Viewing Guide: Part 1
  • Student Handout: The Invasion of Iraq: Student Viewing Guide: Part 2

  • Post-Viewing Lesson Plans
  • A "Catastrophic Success"
  • Examining World Opinion
  • Letters From the Troops

  • Internet and Other Resources

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    » Post-Viewing Lesson Plan

    A "Catastrophic Success"

    » Lesson Objectives:

    Students will analyze the phrase "catastrophic success" as a description of the invasion of Iraq.

    » Materials Needed:

    • Writing materials, Internet access, butcher paper and markers.
    • If students completed the Student Viewing Guide, their notes may be helpful.

    » Time Needed:

    30 minutes

    » Procedure:

    1. Military historian Frederick Kagan has called the post-war situation in Iraq a "catastrophic success." Ask the class:
      • What does this statement mean?
      • Do you agree or disagree?
      • Why or why not?

    2. If students watched the film and completed the viewing guides, have them work in their assigned groups from the viewing activity to categorize the actions, events and/or people that contributed to the successes or failures of their group as "successes" or "failures" on a piece of butcher paper. Students should use the notes from their viewing guides for this activity.

    3. Have each group summarize their conclusions for the class.

    4. Invite students to reconsider the meaning of "catastrophic success" using the information from the different groups' reports.

    » Method of Assessment:

    Participation in classroom discussion
    Notes from the Student Viewing Guide

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