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Young scholars uncover the roots of the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students research the political philosophies of the Soviet Union and the United States during the era as they define key vocabulary and discuss government systems. Young scholars discover how alliances among nations prompted the growth of the Cold War.
Students examine a spectrum that shows the origins of the Cold War. In groups, they compare and contrast the three main schools of thought and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each. To end the activity, they analyze each viewpoint and offer their opinion.
Students gain a basic understanding of Capitalism and Communism, the ideologies that fueled the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Learners explore the the dropping of the atomic bomb upon the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They examine a speech by President Kennedy and analyze the cause-and-effect relationships between the United States and the Soviet Union. As a class, they explore the devastation caused by the atomic bomb and the fear of communism.
Students consider why South Koreans fought in the Vietnam War. In this Vietnam War lesson, students engage in an activity through which they investigate why South Koreans fought in the Vietnam War and how their participation in the war was viewed.
Learners examine McCarthyism. In this Cold War instructional activity, students analyze 6 political cartoons by Herb Block that capture the essence of the Red Scare. Learners discuss the cartoons and the fear of communism that permeated America.
Students explore the growth of anti-communism sentiments in the United States leading up to the Cold War. In groups, they explore events leading up the Cold War. Students write a summary and present their report to the class. Afterward, they debate the consequences of the fear of Communism.
Students can learn about the Red Scare, McCarthyism, and other related topics with lesson plans that focus on the 1950's and communism.
Eighth graders explore Cold War Era threats. In this world history lesson, 8th graders research the threat of Communism and nuclear war brought about by the Korean War and Vietnam. Students watch clips of speeches and build a mock fallout shelter in their classroom.
Students identify President Reagan's domestic and foreign policy, describe America's attitude toward communism, list characteristics which endeared Reagan to the American people, and explain why some Americans spoke out against Reagan's foreign policy.
Students view examples of political advertisements during the years of 1952 through 1964. After viewing, they discuss how the Cold War and the threat of Communism affected the development of the United States. They compare the Cold War to the war on Terrorism being fought today.
Learners brainstorm what they know about the Vietnamese Conflict using terms which they sort into historical categories. They focus on essential questions which include the American reaction to the spread of Communism, American involvement in the Vietnamese Conflict, and how technology evolved during the conflict. They critically study a set of images to increase their understanding of the situation. Finally, they complete an essay or poem as an assessment.
Eleventh graders explore and analyze the impact of the Cold War at home and how the fear of communism and nuclear war affected American life throughout the Cold War. They study what role Senator Joseph McCarthy played on American fears of communism through political cartoons.
In this online interactive communism quiz worksheet, students respond to 40 multiple choice questions about Stalin and Communism. Students may check their answers immediately.
Third graders design and create a Relief Map of China using a variety of materials, compare and contrast Democracy and Communism, answer questions about the Chinese New Year, and make their own "red envelope" and Chinese Lanterns, as well as other activities.
In this capitalism, socialism, and communism study guide learning exercise, learners read the notes provided and add notes of their own. Students respond to 2 reflection questions.
Students discover the background of Pope John Paul II. In this modern history lesson, students research the life of Karol Joseph Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in order to understand how his past paralleled his papacy.
New Review The House Un-American Activities Committee
Was the House Un-American Activities Committee justified in investigating subversive influences in the entertainment industry? Part two of the three-part series of lessons that examine the anti-communism movement after World War II, focuses on the HUAC investigation of the entertainment industry and the Hiss-Chambers Hearings.
New Review Soviet Espionage in America
The war against Communism and Joseph McCarthy’s place in it are the focus of a series of three lessons examining postwar America from 1945-1950. This first lesson plan asks groups to read an introduction that describes the Verona Project and to examine excerpts from FBI memos on the project. Each group then researches an assigned suspect and shares their findings with the class. The lesson plan ends with a reenactment of the Rosenberg trial and a vote on their innocence or guilt.
This video brings viewers up to modern history (1975) after taking them through WWII, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. Though the format of the timeline might appear straightforward, viewers will be engaged because of the bright text and the relevant pictures. This resource provides just enough information to develop a firm grasp on the most important events of the 20th century.