1. Engage: Students will discuss personal secrets and government secrets. Students will create a chart on the pros and cons of government secrecy.
2. Explore: To understand context, students will use class notes or textbook to create a word web or list of events happening during the Watergate years/Nixon administration.
3. Explain: Students will read a summary of major disclosures within the Pentagon Papers and rank them from least dangerous to most dangerous.
4. Extend/Expand: Students will do a close read and source primary and secondary sources on the Pentagon Papers and complete chart as a small group comparing the sources.
5. Evaluate: Individually or in small groups, students will create a written argument supporting or refuting Henry Kissinger’s 1971 statement: “Daniel Ellsberg is the most dangerous man in America.”
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