Vietnam War Orphan: One Boy's Journey to America--by Andrea Warren--CCSS Aligned

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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The author introduces Vietnam and explains the civil war that caused its split in two countries and America's involvement in assisting South Vietnam. Then she introduces Long, born in 1966, an Amerasian orphan whose American father was probably a soldier.Long has a difficult childhood during the war and ends up in the care of an American agency seeking an adoptive home for him abroad. When the war comes to a sudden, chaotic end, Long is trapped in Saigon. His escape is harrowing, but the American government is able to airlift him to safety and get him to his waiting adoptive family in the United States. Finally safe, he begins his adjustment in a new country, family, language, religion, and culture. In young adulthood he is able to journey back to Saigon to make peace with his past.The author summarizes the effects of war on children and how infrequently we consider war from their perspective.

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45-60 Minutes

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Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family ESL Students Public Library: Library Patrons

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Language Arts/English, Literacy, Mathematics, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
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The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

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Program Details


1. The author begins by introducing the country of Vietnam and the civil that caused it to split in two.
2. She explains how America became involved and introduces Long, an Amerasian orphan whose American father was probably a soldier.
3. She tells the story of Long's life as a boy in a village and then in Saigon, and of the American agency seeking an adoptive family for him.
4. With the South suddenly collapsing and Saigon under siege, she explains Long's harrowing escape and his arrival in America.
5. Safe at last, the author shares Long's adjustment to a new family, country, and culture, following him to adulthood and how he made peace with his past.
The author summarizes the effects of war on children and how infrequently we consider war from their perspective.


--To introduce the history and culture of Vietnam and explain why the Vietnam War occurred.
--To consider America's role in the war.
--To explore what happened to South Vietnam's one million war orphans.
--To follow one orphaned child's experience, including coming to America and integrating into an adoptive family and a new culture.
--To consider how refugees come to terms with their difficult pasts and their new identities.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

All national 4-12 standards for English.

It also meets the following standards for Social Sciences, US History, World History, and Geography:
--Places and Regions
--Human Systems
--Era 9: Postwar US (1945 to early 1970s)
--Era 10: Contemporary US (1968 to Present)
--An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914
--The 20th Century