Sunday, June 24, 2012

Website Spotlight: Endgame


Website URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame/

Introductory Note:

Welcome to one in a series of posts which spotlight quality websites that I use with my U.S. History survey course students at Azusa Pacific University to enrich the regular material in our learning modules.

In this post, I limit myself to those specific aspects of the website which I find fit particularly well within our face-to-face class sessions (each student is required to bring a laptop to class) or as the basis for the students' regularly-assigned written reactions.

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I ask the students to work through the following links:

I. Introduction
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame/etc/synopsis.html

II. Interviews:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame/interviews/

Michael Gordon
Frederick Kagan
Gen. Jack Keane
Col. H.R. McMaster
Thomas Ricks

III. Timeline:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame/cron/

This section is incredible, providing a blended chronology of what was being done simultaneously in Washington and in Iraq. If a document or interview is referred to, you just click to bring it up.

IV. Themes
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/endgame/themes/

Bottom Line, What Went Wrong?
Rumsfeld and the Generals
General Petraeus and the New Team
Can the Surge Work?
The Colonels' War

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Concluding Note:

I hope you will use this blog post in conjunction with both the modules on my Learning Professor wiki and the numerous other posts in my Website Spotlight series.

1. The website spotlighted in this post fits within the following U.S. History survey course module on the wiki
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Bush+43

2. The other blog posts in my Website Spotlight series--chronologically displayed by U.S. History survey course module-- can be found on this wiki page:
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/WEBSITE+SPOTLIGHT 

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