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The purpose of this curriculum unit is to introduce students to Roy P. Benavidez, a Mexican American from El Campo, Texas, who overcame many obstacles to achieve an outstanding career in the army. Through his heroic actions in the Vietnam War, Benavidez was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award given by the U.S. military.

Unit Overview (476 KB)

Important information regarding TEKS – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and supplemental information to facilitate the implementation of the lesson plans.

Lesson 1: Introduction (900 KB)

      Online Student Supplement for Lesson 1

This lesson provides students with an introduction to the life of Master Sergeant Benavidez (includes narrative on the life of Benavidez.)

Lesson 2: A Short Background Lesson on Vietnam (872 KB)

      Online Student Supplement for Lesson 2

This lesson is a brief overview of the Vietnam War. The students use a timeline to reconstruct Benavidez’s experience in the larger context of the Vietnam War.

Lesson 3: Identifying and Using Primary Source Documents (1.1 MB)

      Online Student Supplement for Lesson 3

This lesson teaches students to use the same process that historians use to evaluate primary source documents.

Lesson 4: Using Images as a Historian (1.2 MB)

      Online Student Supplement for Lesson 4

This lesson teaches students to use the same process that historians use to evaluate primary source photographs.

Lesson 5: Final Project (364 KB)

This lesson is a research project that provides students an opportunity to apply the skills they have learned as they research the life of another Medal of Honor recipient.