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Learners identify and explain the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989. Studentsl compare what it is to be an American Citizen (Democracy) vs. Chinese Citizen (Communism). Learners identify and define various vocabulary terms, including The Bill of Rights. Students read and analyze several websites and video on the Tiananmen Square incident.
Ninth graders investigate the symbols and historical figures of the five main religions of the world. They participate in a class discussion, listen to a lecture and take notes, and write five Haikus, one about each major religion of the world.
U.S. History: The Vietnam Conflict
Students investigate the reasons for American military involvement in Vietnam. Among topics covered are the Domino Theory and the Cold War with the USSR. In small groups, students critically examine photographs from the war and complete photo analysis worksheets.
The Geography of the Long March
Students explore physical geography in China. In this world geography lesson plan, students examine the geography of China and how it fits into the end of the dynastic system and the rise of communism in China.
World Tourism Day
In this World Tourism Day activity, students complete activities such as read the passage, match the phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct word, multiple choice fill in, correct the spelling, put text in correct order, unscramble the sentences, take a survey, and write all about World Tourism Day. Students complete 12 activities.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
Students examine the relationship between the US and Eastern Europe. In this cold war instructional activity, students will analyze the Cold War using a timeline and the 'Brandenburg Gate Speech'. Students will engage in a discussion and write a 5 paragraph essay.
Pope John Paul II
Learners discover the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II. In this world history lesson, students research selected websites about the history of Poland, the accomplishments of Pope John Paul II, and the responsibities of the pope. Learners use their research findings to create timelines.
The Cold War (1945–1963)
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.
China under Communists Command: Reading Passages
Read 4 short informational texts to understand the rise of Communism in China. Each passage is 1-3 paragraphs long and covers Communism in China, Mao's Communism, Five-Year Plan, and China's Cultural Revolution.
The Berlin Airlift
Students examine a document from the Berlin Airlift in order to research his important event in World History.
The Early Cold War: 1947-1970
With a combination of images, maps, and valuable information, this presentation is a strong resource for a history class that is coming out of a WWII unit and into a Cold War unit. Some points are outlined for students, while others are referenced only as images and depend on teacher and class discussion to be substantiated. The breadth of this slideshow lends well to use throughout a long-term unit, to be taken out when certain topics arise.
The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949
Students investigate the early years of the Cold War and the origins of containment. Both supporters as well as critics are probed to examine the differences that emerged in the months following the end of the war in Europe. This unit contains three les
The Red Scare
Students identify and interpret issues of Nativism and Protectionism in early 20th Century America. They analyze the roots of anti-immigrant movements in the Post-World War One United States. Finally, students identify and explore the differences between capitalism and communism through the use of cartoons.
The Russian Years: Back in the USSR
Students examine communist Russia. In this lesson on changes in politics, students work in small groups to compare and contrast soviet communist era citizen rights to those of the US. They participate in discussion of a film and create a presentation on the Cold War to share with the class. This lesson includes multiple online resource links.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Examine the life of Arthur Miller and the characters in one of his well-known plays, The Crucible. The first few slides give background information on Miller as well as Senator McCarthy and the blacklisted celebrities during the Communism craze. The remaining slides focus on the Puritans and characters in the play. See how the two events are tied together, both commenting on the dangers of mass hysteria.
High schoolers examine the Russian Communist Revolution of 1917. They watch and discuss a video, take notes and answer video discussion questions, and read and evaluate newspaper articles about how Lenin and Stalin are viewed today in the former Soviet Union.
Religious Revival: The American Response to the Cold War
Students examine the impact of religion on the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students analyze speeches delivered by Lenin, Truman, and Graham regarding the role of religion in society. As a culminating activity, students are tested over the material.
Reading Comprehension Quiz
Andrei Sakharov's shift from thermonuclear scientist to political dissident is the subject of Fang Lizhi's article Time Magazine Most Important People of the Century. After reading a short passage from Lizhi's article, learners respond to multiple-choice questions and self-check their responses.
Introduction to the Cold War
Students explore the correlation between the Cold War and the Domino Theory. In this history lesson, students watch a short video that exhibits the domino effect, then divide into small groups, each representing an assigned country, and answer questions from the teacher to reinforce the concept.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
Young scholars examine the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In this Cold War lesson, students analyze the "Brandenburg Gate Speech," delivered by Ronald Reagan and explore the reasons that communism did not flourish in the Soviet Union.