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Eleventh graders explore and analyze the impact of the Cold War at home and how the fear of communism and nuclear war affected American life throughout the Cold War. They study what role Senator Joseph McCarthy played on American fears of communism through political cartoons.
Learners explore the Red Scare. In this Cold War lesson, 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. Learners conduct further independent research on the trial and analyze the provided photographs of the couple.
Provide learners with an excellent resource intended on imparting knowledge on the Cold War Era. Starting in 1945 and going all the way to 1991, the Cold War Era included major historical events, such as the Berlin Wall, Warsaw Pact, the Korean War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Lucky for you, this presentation covers all of it in an interesting and informative way.
Using the Internet, as well as textbooks, high school scholars research how Congress has evolved over the years. They examine legislative leaders and their accomplishments, compare and contrast legislative procedures in various eras, and investigate Congress's ability to change public opinion. The richly detailed packet includes a wealth of materials and resource links.
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?"
Tenth graders compare and contrast majority and minority outlooks on issues. In this social justice lesson, 10th graders research majority and minority values regarding the Salem Witch Trials, Plessy v. Ferguson, the McCarthy hearings, Brown v. Board of Education, and Topeka, Kansas. Students present PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
Explore legendary cartoonist Herb Block's bold challenge of McCarthy-era politics through this analysis activity. Two cartoons are included, along with talking points to prompt analysis and background information to help pupils "read between the lines." The talking points could also be writing points, and you may want to take out some details from the prompts for more of a challenge. Additional online resources are listed for further research on Herb Block.
Students read an article about the new interest in Harry S. Truman. In groups, they review his foreign policy decisions and how situations might have been different if he had made a different decision. They also examine the problems he faced in dealing with nations after the end of World War II.
Students analyze primary documents and images. Students organize and evaluate the causes and results of the Omaha race riot of 1919. Students study and recognize key personalities involved. Students relate history to certain quotes diagrammed on the board. Students encounter graphic organizers.