The 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination: Teaching Tools
The 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination: Teaching Tools
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Lacy Compton

During my undergrad years at Baylor, there was a legendary introductory physics class lovingly nicknamed Packard Physics for the elderly, dynamic professor, Robert Packard, who taught the course (and did so for 50 years until his retirement in 2002). One of the highlights of the course each semester was Dr. Packard's detailed analysis of the physics behind JFK's assassination. He carefully, enthusiastically taught his students (most of us nonscience majors) about bullet trajectories, angles, car speed--how all of it affected the events that day. It's a lesson that has stuck with me many years later, despite not being anywhere near old enough to have experienced the famous day's events for myself. 

Like Dr. Packard's lesson, teachers can help their students live in the moment of this event that changed the course of American politics and society with a variety of teaching tools on the topic, including these:

And, being in Texas, I would be remiss if I didn't mention two fantastic museums with exhibits related to the assassination: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (the infamous former Texas School Book Depository) and the LBJ Presidential Library, which includes information on how the assassination changed politics (and LBJ's career).