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Introducing one of the "darker periods" of both Chilean and U.S. history, the narrator details the 1973 Allende Coup in Chile. The attempted kidnapping/assassination of Rene Schneider is addressed, as is the degree of involvement of the CIA and U.S. government. Also covered are the presidency of Allende, and the rise of Pinochet and his militaristic Junta. The narrator makes no bones about his opinion of Pinochet as a tyrant; his opinion is engaging and can inspire a great class discussion.
A bright collage of photos, maps, and quotes open this video lecture, which details the Bay of Pigs Invasion. The most valuable part of this lecture, however, is hearing about the dynamics of the situation - why the US wanted to oust Fidel Castro, how the US wanted the invasion to appear, and Castro's reaction and strengthened alliance to the Soviet Union.
Learners examine the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In this NATO lesson, students research the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, and the Berlin airlift and how they related to the policy of containment. Learners share their findings and complete a worksheet that requires them to label NATO countries and respond to questions about NATO's function.
This unit focuses on the differences between North and South Korea as they are seen from an American point of view. Learners view the Frontline documentary, "North Korea Suspicious Minds," complete a series of handouts, read a variety of primary source documents, and engage in a class discussion. Handouts, web links, and discussion questions are highlights of this short unit.
Covering the main topics of the Cold War, including some excellent discussion points on the methodologies of the Soviet and Eastern Bloc nations versus the US and Western Democracies, this presentation is a good way to introduce the events of the Cold War. Teacher can provide more information on subjects such as the Korean War and the Berlin Wall, which are mentioned but not explained in detail. Charts and maps provide students with additional data about the Cold War.
Help your class understand how Hitler achieved power prior to World War II. A strong presentation outlines the post-World War I social and economic context that primed Eastern Europe for a totalitarian dictator. It presents the vocabulary and concepts in a logical and understandable way.
There have been a lot of changes in China over the last century. This presentation begins with the fall of the Qing Dynasty and the revolution that led to the adoption of Communism. It highlights the Republican Revolution, Chinese Nationalism, The Kuomintang, the rise of Communism, Mao Zedong, and ends with the Cultural Revolution in the 1960's. Add this worthwhile resource to your collection.
Ninth graders use geographic representations to organize, analyze, and present information on people, places, and environments. They use tools and methods of geographers to construct, interpret, and evaluate qualitative and quantitative data.
Students investigate the Sacco-Vanzetti trial and develop a basic understanding of the issues involved. Then they write an essay taking a stance on the Sacco-Vanzetti trial: was the trial fair? were the two men falsely accused? Finally, students set up and participate in a mock re-trail of the case. Students will serve in different positions within the court.
Why did the US get involved in the European war? This presentation works to answer this question as a conclusion to a unit on WWI. Topics covered are the sinking of the Lusitania, US propaganda, the Zimmermann Note, Communism in Russia, and the Treaty of Versailles. A great way to discuss the end and effects of a World War.
In need of a PowerPoint focused on the Cold War? If the answer is yes, then look no further! Each slide expounds on the conflicts, politics, and economy that fueled the Cold War and worldwide decolonization. Note: There is a lot of information here and it may be useful to spread it over the course of a week.
How did Fidel Castro's revolution affect the people of Cuba? Through a series of vivid images and light text, learners will consider life for Cubans under both Batista and Castro. The images can be used as discussion starters or to accent a full lecture. Bay of Pigs, Cuban refugees, and the effects of communism are featured.
Why did communism develop in an unindustrialized Russia? What human rights were violated under Joseph Stalin? And, how did the Soviet Union become industrialized? These are the writing prompts your class will work to answer with complete sentences and supporting evidence. 
Students explore Chinese life during the Cultural Revolution. They read and discuss a brief historical essay on 20th century China as well as viewing a fictionalized film account of the time period titled, "To Live". They write a review of the film and create propaganda posters based on the film.
Eleventh graders investigate Cold War politics. In this Connecticut history lesson, 11th graders discover details about the Connecticut Seven who were indicted for violating the Alien Registration Act of 1940. Students write closing statements for the trial.
Students examine a communist regime and what it means to live within a communist societyl.
Twelfth graders research and discuss the different elements of the governments of China, Great Britain, Mexico and the United States. They discuss the differences between the various governments and create explanation cards for each type of government.
Students explore how Americans reacted to communism. In this Red Scare lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the Palmer "Red Raids" and its implications. Students respond to discussion questions regarding the lecture.
Learners role play a scene from a dystopian novel. In this role play lesson students should reflect on what life would be like if they lived in such a society and make connections between their role play and Ayn Rand's Anthem.
In this Communism learning exercise, students respond to 13 identification questions about the principles of the government system promoted by Karl Marx.

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