» 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:
- 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?
- 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.
- Have each group summarize their conclusions for the class.
- 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