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When and how did the Cold War begin? To answer this question, you will not find a better-organized, in-depth, activity- and inquiry-based resource than this! Executing best teaching practices throughout, each portion of this inquiry involves detailed analysis of primary and secondary source material, supporting learners as they develop an answer to the resource's guiding question.
Students interview an adult that grew up in the United States during the Cold War to develop an understanding of the concept of mutually assured destruction. They focus the interview on how the person dealt with the threat of nuclear war. They present the interviews and discuss the events that led to the conclusion of the Cold War
Exploring the patterns and themes between Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam, including pre and post-U.S. involvement, this lecture reinforces the concept of history repeating itself. Corrupt regimes, the emergence of Communism and redistribution of wealth, and various attempts by the U.S. to stabilize each government all tie these nations together through the second part of the 20th century. Here is an excellent auxiliary for the end of a Cold War unit.
Propaganda posters from the Cold War era offer class members an opportunity to employ the OPTIC strategy (overview, parts, topic, interrelationships, conclusions) to analyze 12 documents. Expert groups examine a visual, and then jigsaw and share their findings. After a final whole-class discussion, individuals draft a journal reflection on the question, "What causes of the Cold War can be found in American print media of the time period?"
Provide learners with an excellent resource intended on imparting knowledge on the Cold War Era. Starting in 1945 and going all the way to 1991, the Cold War Era included major historical events, such as the Berlin Wall, Warsaw Pact, the Korean War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Lucky for you, this presentation covers all of it in an interesting and informative way.
Students participate in a news conference simulation. In this Cold War lesson, students research events of the conflict during Eisenhower's presidency and use the information to script and participate in a news conference with Eisenhower.
Students research the positions of civil defense and nuclear disarmament during the Cold War era. They participate in a class debate to support a given position.
A study of the Cold War can helps students learn about history through interviewing people who lived through this period.
Students examine the causes and the Korean War. In this Cold War lesson, students discover how the United States became involved in the Korean War and determine how it became a "flashpoint" in the Cold War. Students complete a worksheet activity.
Young scholars explore a website to gather some first impressions of the Cold War era and its impact on Canadian society and politics. They, in groups, answer questions about the Cold War on a worksheet imbedded in this plan.
Students create a timeline of the major events of the Cold War and explain their effect on Canada. They utilize a worksheet and a website imbedded in this plan which guide their research and presentations.
While the objective is to provide an overview of the Cold War in preparation for further study, this resource addresses the topic at a rather advanced level, and might need its own introductory lesson. The handouts include terms such as neo-revisionist, hegemony, and universalism which most high school high schoolers will not know. To make this useful will require significant scaffolding. On the other hand, the resource includes recommended videos and readings, as well as useful teaching points.
This crossword puzzle focuses on clues related to The Cold War. It also has unrelated clues that would be a challenge to middle schoolers, but should be manageable to secondary students; particularly juniors taking US history. There are 71 clues.
Students study of the effects of the Cold War on the home front. They analyze the film High Noon according to an abbreviated version of the standards that films were judged by in the early 1950s and determine whether or not High Noon is "fit" to be released to the American public.
Eighth graders explore the Cold War Era. In this world history lesson, 8th graders discover the positions taken by countries during the Cold War as they listen to lectures regarding the major events and turning points in the Cold War. Students also read selected text and listen to music regarding the era.
Learners study the Cold War. In this world history lesson, students research the Cold War on the Internet and create a mock newscast about the Cold War. Learners record the newscast by using a video camera.
Ninth graders examine the causes and major events of the Cold War. They listen to a lecture and fill in the blanks on a handout, and in two groups develop a proposal to deal with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Students research major events of the Cold War. They analyze a timeline of events, select an event to research, conduct Internet research, and write a mock news article that includes direct quotes and images.
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about the Cold War. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
Students examine the important milestones that marked the Cold War and increase their understanding of how those events shaped history. They create their own magazine cover, which be split in half to represent the countries involved.