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Eleventh graders are introduced to the events between the years 1949 and 1989. They list and explain key events and people that contributed to the development of the Cold War. Students are asked "what do you think Billy Joel meant by 'We didn't start the fire', and why do you think this has historical relevance, or does it?"
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.
The history, context, and ramifications of the Vietnam War are the topics of this lecture, which details the roles of China, England, France, and the U.S. in the conflict. A timeline and map guide viewers through the events of the Vietnam War. They will be enthralled by the growing tension between North and South Vietnam, and the increasing political and military presence of the U.S. It also details the My Lai Massacre, which could prompt a class discussion on the ethics of battle.
Learners 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.
Students examine the impact of technological advancements on Cold War America. In this 1950's America lesson, students research politics, Cold War society, suburbia, and consumerism during the decade in order to better understand American societal change after World War II.
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.
Learners examine historical events of the 1920s, World War II and the Cold War. They discover how literature reflects the economic, political, social, religious and historical concerns of a culture. Students compare literature writings to the "Age of Anxiety." Additional cross curriculum activities are listed.