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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.
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 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.
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 young scholars 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.
With a collage format that lends well to note-taking, this presentation allows your students to see the context and implications of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The narration is casual and conversational, as well as informative, and history students will be drawn to the suspense of the Cold War after viewing this video. A teacher could break this video up in several class sessions, or play it in its entirety. Additionally, viewing this video could be an engaging homework assignment.
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.
Students discuss what they know about the Cold War and make connections with the book (or film) Rocket Boys by Hickam. Students research Sputnik and read an Eisenhower Cabinet meeting document. Students discuss their research and evaluate how Sputnik's launch fits in the Cold War.
Students identify and interpret some key figures and major events during the Cold War era, including the Korean War, Vietnam, Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the United States and China Cold War Relations. They also play a short review game based on presentation given in class in response to stated questions.
Eleventh graders are introduced to the events between the years 1949 and 1989. They list and explain key events and people that contributed to the development of the Cold War. Students are asked "what do you think Billy Joel meant by 'We didn't start the fire', and why do you think this has historical relevance, or does it?"