Communism Teacher Resources
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The Power of "Un" - Unpopular, Unrest, Unsuccessful
Learners research and discuss the Vietnam War and the effect on Wisconsin. They read letters from Wisconsinites serving in Vietnam, visit a local cemetery and construct a tally graph of when people died, and discuss similarities between Iraq and Vietnam.
Learners explore the geography, culture and history of China. As a class, they discuss historical contributions to China, Confucius, and geographic features of the country. Pupils use the internet to answer questions about China.
Stalin and Communism Quiz
In this online interactive communism quiz worksheet, students respond to 40 multiple choice questions about Stalin and Communism. Students may check their answers immediately.
Why Communism Failed
In this Why Communism Failed worksheet, students read an account from a Russian citizen (primary source) then write short answer responses to five questions.
Capitalism and Socialism/Communism
In this capitalism, socialism, and communism study guide worksheet, students read the notes provided and add notes of their own. Students respond to 2 reflection questions.
Eleventh graders analyze U.S. foreign policy since World War II, tracing origins and geopolitical consequences (foreign and domestic) of the Cold War and containment policy.
Individual Rights vs. The Greater Good Within the Scope of War
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents, including Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Order 9066. After an extended controversial issue discussion of the questions, individuals present their own stance through an argumentative essay supported by evidence drawn from the documents.
Marshall Plan: Convince the American People
This is an excellent resource for US history classes, especially AP history. After learning some background on the Marshall Plan, the class, divided into two groups, researches opposing positions on this aid program. Groups read and analyze primary and secondary sources at school and home. They also formulate questions for the opposition to be used following each student's speech about the validity of the Marshall Plan.
"It was my view then, and still is, that you don't make war without knowing why." Remembering Vietnam is a powerful resource. The essential questions, the activities, the readings, the materials examined all seek to provide learners with the information Tim O'Brien refers to in The Things they Carried. The objective stance permits individuals to formulate their own opinions about the Vietnam War and the Vietnam Memorial. A must-have for an English Language Arts or Social Studies curriculum library.
Was Congress’s Violation of the First Amendment During the McCarthy Era Justified?
“I have in my hand 57 cases of individuals who would appear to be either card carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party. . .” Senator Joseph McCarthy certainly stirred the pot with his claims. The result was a series of legislative actions that put McCarthy in the spotlight and First Amendment rights in jeopardy. Was Congress’s violation of the First Amendment during the McCarthy Era justified? To prepare to respond to this guiding question, class members examine a series of primary source documents including the First Amendment, the Smith Act, and Joseph McCarthy’s speech delivered February, 1950, in Wheeling, West Virginia. After group and full-class discussions, individuals craft an essay using evidence drawn from the documents to support their argument.
The Republic of Sakha (Yukutia)
Young geographers learn about the extreme temperatures found in the Rebublic of Sakha, and study the hardships caused by these temperatures. They look at why people choose to live in such a remote and rugged area. This incredible, 22-page lesson plan is packed with photographs, worksheets, engaging activites and assignments, and is well-woth implementing in your classroom. Spectacular!
The Vietnam War 1954-1975
Discuss the full travesty of the Vietnam War. Whether it's for history class, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day, this slide show is sure to make an impact on learners in the upper grades. Vivid images, concise language, and the complete causes, effects, and events which occurred throughout the entire war are defined here, including the actions of each president who held office during war time.
Analyzing the Rhetoric of JFK’s Inaugural Address
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your. country.” Did you know that John Kenneth Galbraith, Adlai Stevenson, and Theodore Sorensen helped John F. Kennedy craft his 1961 inaugural address? Learners not only examine the rhetorical devices JFK employed in his speech, but also analyze the suggestions made by Galbraith and Stevenson and compare these suggestions to the delivered version. Teacher and student copies of the worksheets are included in a richly detailed plan that deserves a spot in your curriculum library.
To What Extent Were Civil Rights a Priority for the Kennedy Administration?
Designed for an advanced placement class, this resource requires class members to assess President Kennedy's dedication to civil rights through reading, discussion, and writing. Provided with a set of eight primary and secondary sources, pupils must read and examine individually before working in small groups to prepare an argument and debate. After the debate, one hour is allotted for a timed writing and self-assessment. All necessary materials are included except a rubric.
Propaganda in the Cold War
Propaganda posters from the Cold War era offer class members an opportunity to employ the OPTIC strategy (overview, parts, topic, interrelationships, conclusions) to analyze 12 documents. Expert groups examine a visual, and then jigsaw and share their findings. After a final whole-class discussion, individuals draft a journal reflection on the question, "What causes of the Cold War can be found in American print media of the time period?"
Executive Order 9981: Truman Desegregates the Armed Forces
To most modern Americans, the idea that many aspects of society were once segregated is astonishing. Explore Truman's decision to desegregate the armed forces with your high schoolers. The first two days of this three-day plan are spent reading, annotating, and clarifying four documents. On the third day, small groups discuss the material. Pupils synthesize the information by composing a letter to the editor.
Life in a Totalitarian State
This interesting role-playing activity helps your class understand some of the qualities of totalitarianism by assigning each one as a spy or comrade citizen for a duration of five days. Students should find this highly engaging and informative; however, you will have to fill in the blanks of this under-developed lesson. There is no explanation of the foundational knowledge required prior to starting this activity, nor is there any description of the desired outcome or final assessment/discussion. Lots of potential!
An Overview of the Vietnam War
A highly engaging warm-up activity kicks off this plan for teaching class members about the Vietnam War. After the anticipatory activity, the teacher chooses the means by which to provide an overview of the war (PowerPoint, lecture, textbook, etc.). Next, 11th graders answer a series of questions to ensure a fundamental understanding. Lastly, individuals receive a timeline strip with a particular event that they research. On paper, they create a description/depiction of the event and place it in chronological order with the other posters. All of the necessary resources are included.
New! The Korean War and Its Aftermath
Set the stage for your next lesson on the Korean War with handouts packed with information on the country's history and major events leading up to and following the war. The resource includes three worksheets that provide a historical overview of the country, a study/assignment sheet listing pertinent key terms from the Korean War and its aftermath, and finally a chart comparing the current demographics and economies of North and South Korea.
John F. Kennedy: Remarks in the Rudolph Wilde Platz, Berlin
“Ich bin ein Berliner.” Here’s the full text of John F. Kennedy’s famous address delivered to the people of Berlin on June 26, 1963. The resource could be used as part of a study of Kennedy’s presidency, of rhetorical devices, or as practice for the DBQ portion of the AP exam. The video of Kennedy honoring Berliners is available on YouTube.