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Lend a certain authenticity to a study on McCarthyism using Herb Block's bold political cartoons. There is an informational link which you can use to prepare a lecture or guide independent research. Historians analyze several cartoons and fill out a worksheet, either by hand or using an interactive online tool. Consider printing the cartoons, since explanations alongside each make the analysis less challenging. The pre-assessment quiz and streaming video links aren't reliable.
Students participate in a dramatic reading of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" and discuss scenes that affected them strongly. After discussing the motivation behind writing the book and some of the historical inaccuracies they choose a scene from Miller's play and rewrite it from the perspective of today.
Students explore the Red Scare. In this Cold War instructional activity, students read accounts of the Rosenberg trial as well as the letter written by the Rosenbergs to their children on the day of their execution. Students conduct further independent research on the trial and analyze the provided photographs of the couple.