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Learners 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. Learners discuss their research and evaluate how Sputnik's launch fits in 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.
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
Tackle the topic of scientific and technological change. Here are three short-answer questions for your class to respond to. They'll discuss the Cold War race for nuclear supremacy between the US and the USSR, the relationship between nationalism and nuclear proliferation, and ethical issues that have arisen with the advancements in science and technology.