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History Blueprint: The Cold War (World History)

For Teachers 10th Standards
A five-lesson collection examines the history of the Cold War from a global point of view. World History students analyze primary and secondary source documents, as well as video clips, to investigate the beginnings of the Cold War, its...
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History Blueprint: The Cold War (US History)

For Teachers 11th Standards
In this well-organized and inquiry-based collection, high schoolers examine primary and secondary source documents and video clips in preparation for an investigation into the Cold War. Scholars analyze its beginnings, the global impact...
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The Iron Curtain

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The period between the end of World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall represented a tense, antagonistic relationship between the Soviet Union and the rest of the world, particularly the U.S. Explore the Cold War dynamics and details...
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Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945–1954: Witch Hunt or Red Menace?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
From allies to enemies—the post-World War II period saw a dramatic shift in the relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. A three-lesson collection examines the turbulent period and the rise of the anti-communist...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Printable Exhibition

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War is a collection of 13 resources from a printable exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Each resource begins with a summary and a table of contents. The resources...
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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Lessons

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Designed for teachers, a 15-lesson collection curated by the Smithsonian, examines how wars have impacted American society. Each resource includes a lesson plan, background information, a materials list, maps, images, and worksheets. An...
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Hispanic Americans in Congress

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Based on contextual essays from the book "Hispanic Americans in Congress," four lesson plans examine the Hispanic pioneers who served on Capitol Hill from 1822 to 2012. The first lesson features materials from the Louisiana Purchase to...
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Black Americans in Congress

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Seven lessons make up a unit on African-Americans who served in the United States Congress from 1870 to 2007. Young historians read contextual essays, engage in activities, examine primary source images, and artifacts to gain an...
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A President's Vision

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
A seven-resource curriculum set presents primary source materials that permits young historians to examine the programs and initiatives advanced by Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt,...
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A President's Vision: Ronald Reagan

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The programs of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, are the focus of seven worksheets that teach young historians how to analyze primary source documents—including a poster, excerpts from speeches, and political...
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Pattern of US Cold War Interventions

For Students 8th - 11th
Exploring the patterns and themes between Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam, including pre and post-U.S. involvement, this lecture reinforces the concept of history repeating itself. Corrupt regimes, the emergence of Communism and redistribution...
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History of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This resource shows video clips and still images while dramatic music blasts in the background. Written commentary is provided, but it moves quickly. While it probably moves too fast for a note-taking guide to accompany it, consider...
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The Cold War: How Did It Start? How Did It End?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between a Cold War and a Hot War? Scholars research the beginning of the Cold War. They analyze diary entries as well as excerpts from various events during the 45-year standoff. To finish, they prepare final...
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Cold War Roots and Events

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the causes and major events of the Cold War. They listen to a lecture and fill in the blanks on a handout, and in two groups develop a proposal to deal with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Cold War Paragraph

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
By the end of the 1970s, who was "winning" the Cold War? Your young historians will make an argument on this topic in a very well structured paragraph, focusing on either the political, technological, or economic competition between the...
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The Cold War: The Truman Doctrine of 1947

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What was the Truman administration's position on foreign policy during the Cold War? Class members respond to an excerpt from President Harry S. Truman's "Truman Doctrine" with three questions in the space provided.
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Cold War and Decolonization: 1945-1975

For Teachers 10th - 12th
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...
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Western Civilizations, Chapter 27: The Cold War: Global Politics, Economic Recovery, and Cultural Change

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Keep your scholars organized using this study plan and progress report tool, one of many great learning strategies featured in this online western civilizations resource! Although designed for use alongside the Western Civilizations...
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The Cold War (1945-1991): An Ideological Struggle

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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The Early Cold War: 1947-1970

For Teachers 9th - 11th
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...
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Cold War Review

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Teaching a unit on the Cold War Era? A complete presentation discusses the causes of the Cold War, Truman doctrine, Berlin Blockade, arms race, Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs, Rwandan Genocide, apartheid, and subsequent conflicts...
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From World War to Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
From peace at the end of World War II, straight back to war. This resource details the changes in leadership in the Soviet Union post World War II. From the brief attempt at democracy, to the Bolshevik Revolution, and finally to Vladimir...
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Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War—the United States or the Soviet Union? Your young historians will answer a question by looking closely at Cold War documents, which are provided in this resource alongside guiding questions...
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The End of the Cold War (1979-1991)

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
Scholars use primary and secondary documents, as well as video evidence, to investigate the end of the Cold War.  After completing the final installment of an eight-part series, class members better understand the issues surrounding the...
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Exploring US Foreign Policy after WWII--The Cold War

For Teachers 11th
Scholars explore U.S. Foreign Policy and Cold War ideologies adopted after WWII. They conduct Internet research on a topic or issue related to the Cold War Era, watch two films, and compose a time line and a multimedia presentation to...
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The Cold War (America)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Cold War—with its roots in World War II—impacts the world today. Using an extensive curriculum, scholars consider its impact through primary sources, including speeches and propaganda, as well as other skills-enhancing activities. An...
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How Was the Korean War a "Flashpoint" of the Cold War?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the causes and the Korean War. In this Cold War lesson, students discover how the United States became involved in the Korean War and determine how it became a "flashpoint" in the Cold War. Students complete a worksheet...
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Cold War Video

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What was the Cold War? Often dated from 1947-1991, it was a war between the Western world and the Communist world. Flashing their nuclear power, these sides fought for decades to establish power. This quirky resource provides commentary,...
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End to the Cold War

For Students 7th - 12th
Introduce your class to topics relating to the Cold War through a brief reading selection. Class members read the passage and answer four questions, which are provided on the bottom of the page.
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Roots of the Cold War

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
When and how did the Cold War begin? To answer this question, you will not find a better-organized, in-depth, activity- and inquiry-based resource than this! Executing best teaching practices throughout, each portion of this inquiry...
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The Cold War

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
Take your instruction on the Cold War to the next level by having learners participate in a group role-playing exercise, working to convey pertinent information and illustrate the intense anxiety related to this time period in the United...
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The Cold War Era (1945 - 1991)

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Provide learners with an excellent resource focused 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...
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The History Blueprint: The Cold War (World)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How and why was the Cold War fought? A carefully crafted, inquiry-based unit covers seven major topics: the roots of the Cold war, decolonization and nationalism, the three-world order, American foreign policy, American domestic policy,...
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Cold War

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
The Cold War was not necessarily always cold in temperature, but the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union sure was frigid! Scholars read various passages, view exhibition graphics, and observe an artifact from the...
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The Cold War: Eisenhower’s “Chance for Peace”

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Examine a section of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's address "Chance for Peace." A selection from the text is included at the top of the page. Class members respond to three questions about specific lines of the address, picking apart...
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The Cold War: The Space Race

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
What do the Cold War and the Space Race have in common? Learners search for that answer and many more, helping them to build their knowledge of historical global politics and tensions between nations. Following the reading, they answer...
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End of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How significant was the Cold War during the 20th century? After reading and analyzing speeches by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, learners consider the historical context of foreign policy decisions made during the Cold War by both...
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The Cold War: 1945-1991

For Teachers 8th - 11th
The best part of this presentation about the Cold War is the various pictures, photos, and maps throughout the slides. The timeline of this time period is difficult to follow in the presentation, as well as the details about several main...
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Review of our Presidents from the Progressive Era to Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Covering the main events of the Cold War, this (mistitled) presentation includes photographs, political cartoons, and amusing graphics to illustrate its points. The information on the slides is helpful for an overview of the Cold War,...
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The Cold War: Chapter 9: Lesson 1

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Used as a quick review of the Cold War, Korean War, and Cuban Missile Crisis, this presentation could be in many scenarios. However, the graphics and question types seem more appropriate for younger students, while the content is geared...
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The Cold War Era 1949-1989: What Really Happened

For Teachers 11th
This novel approach to a discussion of the Cold War can be a way to introduce the topic in your classroom. The presentation is supposed to be played in conjunction with the song "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel. It features lists...
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The Brief American Pageant: The Cold War Begins

For Teachers 8th - 11th
With the beginning of the Cold War came numerous social and political changes around the world - many of which are featured in this series of maps and graphs. This short but informative slideshow will help to bridge the gap between a...
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Cold War Politics in The Space Race

For Teachers 9th - 12th
"Whoever controls space will control the world, " Lyndon B. Johnson said after the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik. This fueled the space race and encouraged the United States' goal of landing a man on the moon before the...
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Cold War Conflict in Vietnam: The Vietnam-Era Presidency

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Comparing and evaluating various media types is a great way to build critical analysis skills. Learners read about the Vietnam era presidency, specifically the foreign policy established by Johnson and Nixon. Then they compare several...
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President Reagan and the Cold War: Vision and Diplomacy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewAfter years of boiling tension, the presidency of Ronald Regan and the rise of Mikhail Gorbechev paved a new way forward for diplomacy between the United States and the Soviet Union. Using primary source documents, including letters...
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Chapter 9: The Cold War Years

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students take a quiz on The Cold War Years of the 1950's and 1960's. This 20-slide presentation covers a variety of world-wide and domestic topics, and includes slides which give hints as to what the correct answers are.
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Impact of The Cold War: Are We Mad?

For Teachers 11th
Mutually assured destruction and the fear of the atomic bomb: what was life really like during the Cold War? Scholars find out with multiple activities, such as group discussions, worksheets, games, and an argumentative writing activity....
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The Cold War and Consumerism: Crash Course Computer Science #24

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
The world of computing has come a long way since ENIAC. The 24th installment of a Crash Course Computer Science series focuses on how historical events have propelled advances in computing. From the Cold War to the Space Race to mass...
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George HW Bush and the End of the Cold War

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
John Green provides a fantastic summary of the presidency of George HW Bush, reviewing the president's background experience in the United Nations and the CIA, the presidential election of 1988, foreign policy implications after the end...
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The Cold War: Solving the Mystery of History with Voices on Vinyl

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the Cold War Era. In this world history lesson plan, 8th graders discover the positions taken by countries during the Cold War as they listen to lectures regarding the major events and turning points in the Cold...
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The Cold War And Beyond

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interview an adult that grew up in the United States during the Cold War to develop an understanding of the concept of mutually assured destruction. They focus the interview on how the person dealt with the threat of nuclear...
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Eisenhower: The Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a news conference simulation. In this Cold War instructional activity, students research events of the conflict during Eisenhower's presidency and use the information to script and participate in a news conference...
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Chapter 28: Red Flags and Velvet Revolutions: The End of the Cold War, 1960-1990

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Set your historians up for testing success using this interactive flashcard tool. It is one of many learning strategies offered in this thorough online resource. Although designed for use with a text, the site is valuable independently....
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The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the early years of the Cold War and the origins of containment. Both supporters as well as critics are probed to examine the differences that emerged in the months following the end of the war in Europe. This...
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The Cold War

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The Soviet Union's decision to block West Berlin from access by the Western allies began an international hostility that extended into the rest of the twentieth century. Class members examine both Harry Truman's and Joseph Stalin's...
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Restructuring the Post War World: 1945-Present

For Teachers 10th - 12th
You have just entered the Cold War Zone, with 96 slides at your disposal. From changes in government in China, The Marshall Plan, and the Iron Curtain, to the Vietnam War and Ronald Regan, this presentation will help you cover it all. A...
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Cuban Missle Crisis

For Students 8th - 11th
With a collage format that lends well to note-taking, this presentation allows your students to see the context and implications of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The narration is casual and conversational, as well as informative, and history...
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The United States and the Soviet Union were Engaged in a Cold War

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students work together at figuring out the definition for what cold war means. In this social science instructional activity, students listen to "The Butter Battle Book" by Dr. Seuss and recognize how this story relates to the cold war...
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Cold War Hot Spots

For Students 9th - 12th
Vietnam, Korea Cuba, Afghanistan, Iran and Nicaragua were all considered Hot Spots during the Cold war. Groups research one of six countries, locate that country on a world map, define terms, and investigate issues and outcomes....
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Cold War: Marshall Plan

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the implications of the Cold War. In this Cold War instructional activity, 8th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Students analyze primary images and documents about the...
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The Cold War (1945–1963)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about the Cold War. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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Introduction to the Cold War

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students examine the domino theory. In this cold war instructional activity, students watch a video about dominos and then get into groups that represent different nations. Students will then act out a mock simulation of the containment...
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Cold War in Guatemala

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate the Cold War and why it was fought in Guatemala. In this Cold War lesson, students analyze documents from the CIA and textbooks then discuss. Students work in pairs to answer questions and fill out graphic organizers.
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Intro to Cold War

For Teachers 11th
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...
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Cold War

For Teachers 11th
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.
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The Cold War (1945–1963)

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz activity, students respond to 46 multiple choice questions about the Cold War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Cold War - Cuban Missile Crisis

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Learners examine the causes of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In this Cold War lesson, students watch a video, read a letter and listen to a transcript about the Cuban Missile Crisis. They then write a letter offering advice to President...
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Cold War Era Film Censorship: High Noon- a Slice of Americana Or Communist

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study of the effects of the Cold War on the home front. They analyze the film High Noon according to an abbreviated version of the standards that films were judged by in the early 1950s and determine whether or not High Noon is...
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Hitting the Cold War From All Angles

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders use maps, lecture and research to explore the history and social context of the Cold War. They examine films, music and important figures of the era.
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Learning Guide to Thirteen Days

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
While Thirteen Days is a fantastic film to use in the classroom in reference to the Cold War and the Cuban missile crisis, it is important to take care to effectively and properly incorporate its contents into your curriculum. This...
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The Cold War

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did the United States and the USSR seek ideological and strategic influence throughout the world during the Cold War? This video details the Soviet's creation of pro-communist governments in surrounding nations following World War II...
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NATO: After the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Why was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) formed, and what is its mission? Learners discuss NATO's participation in various events throughout the Cold War, as well as work in groups to analyze whether those responses were...
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Writing Exercises: Science and Technology I

For Students 9th - 11th
Tackle the topic of scientific and technological change. Here are three short-answer questions for your class to respond to. They'll discuss the Cold War race for nuclear supremacy between the US and the USSR, the relationship between...
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What Was the Cold War About?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners explore a website to gather some first impressions of the Cold War era and its impact on Canadian society and politics. They, in groups, answer questions about the Cold War on a worksheet imbedded in this plan.
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A Timeline of Cold War Events

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students create a timeline of the major events of the Cold War and explain their effect on Canada. They utilize a worksheet and a website imbedded in this plan which guide their research and presentations.
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Cold War

For Students 6th - 8th
In this Social Studies worksheet, learners find the words related to the study of the Cold War and the answers are accessed with the button at the bottom of the page.
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Cold War Developments

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Canada during the Cold War worksheet, students exhibit their understanding of the Korean War, the Suez Conflict, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear issue, and the Vietnam War as they complete a graphic organizer.
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Decolonization

For Teachers 10th Standards
The ripple effect from one small event can impact many others. Young historians research the ripple effect World War II had on decolonization in the second installment of an eight-part series. Through primary and secondary documents as...
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Principles vs. Practices

For Teachers 10th Standards
Have you ever wondered what your own World Order would look like? Scholars use primary and secondary documents as well as video clips to investigate and analyze the Cold War. Using the sources, the principles and practices of nations...
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The Berlin Blockade

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
The Berlin Blockade may not take up as much space in the history books as other events of the Cold War, but for the citizens of west Berlin in 1948—and the events to follow between the Soviet Union and the United Stattes—those 318 days...
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Crisis, Realignment, and the Dawn of the Post-Cold War World: 1975-1991

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Explore the shift in politics, population growth, and economy that followed the Cold War. Upper graders begin this journey in 1975 with the postcolonial crises and Asian economic expansion, then moves into the end of the bi-polar world...
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Places of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore geographic locations significant in the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson plan, students complete a worksheet that requires them to use primary and secondary sources to log information about important Cold War locations.
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Who Caused the Cold War to End?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research which president was responsible for ending the Cold War. In this foriegn policy instructional activity, students list events during each administration and discuss the factors that led to the end of the Cold War....
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Cold War Battle Grounds Arms Race, Space Race, Sports

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the Space Race and Arms Race. In this Cold War lesson, students watch video clips and read information about how the Cold War was fought. Students complete a writing activity based on the information presented.
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Cold War

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders demonstrate their knowledge of the causes and effects of the Cold War.
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Creating a Newscast on the Cold War

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students research the events of a specific year of the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students investigate the causes of the Cold War and highlight the events of a particular year.  Students create a storyboard and a video newscast...
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A closer Look at the Key Players of the Late Cold War Period

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this Cold War instructional activity, students examine the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. High schoolers also play a game in which...
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Who Was Responsible for the Start of the Cold War?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students determine who is responsible for the start of the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students conduct their own research about the evolution of the war and write essays that reveal their opinion on how the war began.
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The Early Tensions of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students uncover the roots of the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students research the political philosophies of the Soviet Union and the United States during the era as they define key vocabulary and discuss government systems....
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Cold War Technology Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students research websites to search for major technological advances and space race ideas that came about as a result of the cold war. They compare and contrast present technologies with cold war technologies. Students investigate...
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The Cold War

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore the origins of the Cold War.  In this Cold War instructional activity, 10th graders analyze selected songs and identify what historical events they reference.  Students create a musical collage or timeline for the...
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Cold War into Guerilla War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Cold War and the War on Terror. In this American history lesson, students research print and nonprint resources regarding both wars. Student compare the experiences of youth at the time so both the Cold War and War...
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The Ultimate Cold War Race

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate details about the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In this Cold War instructional activity, students create space race timelines that include information they gather from...
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From the Cold War to Consumer Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the emergence of consumerism. In this 20th century American lesson, students research the Cold War as well as the fads of the 1940's and 1950's. Students create presentations and write essays about how the Cold War led...
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Sources of the Cold War

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders make a time line from their notes and outlines of the causes of the Cold War.
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Locating The Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars identify major players in the Cold War and place them on a world map. They identify the two superpowers location on the map as well as their allies. Students analyze how the world divided itself.
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The Cold War in Popular Music

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze pop culture songs to identify cold war themes and chart. They comprehend and explain why the Cold War took place and ended and assess its significance as a 20th century event. Students conduct a song analysis of the...
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Origins of the Cold War: Power Point Presentation

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, students review a PowerPoint presentation about the conflict and then respond to 48 fill in the blank questions about it.
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Hitting the Cold War From All Angles

For Teachers 8th
Students explore the origins of the Cold War.  In this Cross Curricular lesson, students analyze maps of post World War II Europe.  Students compare and contrast the two sides of the Cold War.
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Religious Revival: The American Response to the Cold War

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars examine the impact of religion on the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson plan, students analyze speeches delivered by Lenin, Truman, and Graham regarding the role of religion in society. As a culminating activity, young...
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Cold War Cartoon Analysis

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Pupils examine the Cold War from the perspective of political cartoons. In this Cold War lesson, students access political cartoons of the era by accessing the Library of Congress website. Pupils analyze the cartoons and identify their...
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The Cold War

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, students read 3 brief selections about the conflict and then respond to 13 short answer and multiple choice questions based on the selections.
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The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders consider how the Cuban Missile Crisis fit into the Cold War. In this Cuban Missile Crisis instructional activity, 6th graders watch a propaganda video produced for Americans during the Cold War. Students examine fallout...
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A Turn for the Worse: The Beginning of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers determine how the Cold War began. In this Cold War lesson, students examine primary documents and respond to analysis questions about them in order to understand what sparked the Cold War. High schoolers create Cold...
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The Cold War at Home

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders discover the perspective of Cold War on the American homefront. In this Cold War lesson, 11th graders watch Duck and Cover video segments that instruct citizens what to do in case of nuclear attack. Students discuss the...
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Introduction to the Cold War

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore the correlation between the Cold War and the Domino Theory.  In this history lesson, students watch a short video that exhibits the domino effect, then divide into small groups, each representing an assigned country, and...
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Introduction to the Early Origins of the Cold War

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, students read a 4-paragraph selection about post World War II diplomacy and then list key dates and events noted in the selection.
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Introduction to the Early Origins of the Cold War

For Students 9th - 12th
For this Cold War worksheet, students read an article titled "Introduction to the Early Origins of the Cold War," and then make a list of key dates and events from the selection.
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The Cold War and Development of Post-War America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers 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...
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Cold War Conflicts

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students participate in extensive discussion about the Cold War and then analyze and express their opinions (at least one for each of the 3 questions) posting them to a discussion board.
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Intro to the Cold War

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the Cold War.  In this American History instructional activity, 11th graders develop answers to comprehension questions about the song "We Didn't Start the Fire".  Students write a persuasive essay at the end of...
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The Cold War: Anti-Communism at Home

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders take a closer look at the Red Scare. In this Cold War lesson plan, 11th graders read the provided literature about anti-communism in the United States and then respond to the provided discussion questions that accompany...
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Canada and the Cold War: 1945-1991 – PowerPoint Presentation

For Students 7th - 12th
In this Canadian history worksheet, students view a PowerPoint presentation about Canada's role in this Cold War and then respond to 27 fill in the blank questions. The PowerPoint is not provided.
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Assessing Blame for the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine a spectrum that shows the origins of the Cold War. In groups, they compare and contrast the three main schools of thought and identify the strengths and weaknesses of each. To end the lesson, they analyze each...
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Warring Philosophies: The Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explain why the Cold War took place and ended. They analyze its significance as a 29th century event. Students identify the differences between the USA and USSR during the Cold War.
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Cold War Wars

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, high schoolers respond to short answer questions regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Chinese Civil War. There are 5 short answer questions regarding each of the conflicts.
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The Origins of the Cold War: US Choices after World War II

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, students respond to 6 short answer questions that require them to consider how the United States might have avoided the conflict.
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Chapter 21 - The Cold War to 1960

For Students 9th - 12th
In this U.S. history learning exercise, students read assigned textbook pages regarding the Cold War 1950's America and respond to 50 short answer questions.
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Cold War Chronology

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, learners examine the chronological list of important events between 1945 and 1991. Students then respond to 7 short answer questions based on the chronology.
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World War II and the Cold War

For Students 7th - 12th
In this global studies activity, students read the noted pages in their textbooks and then respond to 12 short answer questions about World War II, the Cold War, and economic divisions.
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Submarines: A Heated Competition in a Cold War

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss the concept of competition during the Cold War, identifying U.S. and former Soviet Union on a map. They discuss K-19 disaster and the role competition played, creating a log of K-19's first mission from the captain's...
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Astronomy and the Cold War: How the United States Used the Moon to Target the Soviet Union

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine how astronomical observations were used to help target sites in the Soviet Union during Cold War and why such targeting was needed. Students then make predictions and observations of same astronomical events for their...
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The End of WWII and The Beginning of the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this end of World War II and Cold War study guide worksheet, students fill in 44 blanks in a passage with the appropriate words to complete the sentences regarding the time period.
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Origins of the Cold War

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages regarding the Cold War and respond to 16 short answer questions.  
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Cold War II

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, students examine political cartoons from the era and then respond to 10 short answer questions. The cartoons are not included.
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The Cold War

For Teachers 7th - 11th
For this Cold War study guide worksheet, young scholars respond to 20 short answer questions. The questions correlate to assigned readings in a textbook.
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Cold War/Civil Right Crossword Puzzle

For Students 10th - 12th
In this online interactive U. S. History crossword puzzle instructional activity, students use the 10 clues regarding the Cold War and Civil Rights Movement to find the appropriate answers to complete the word puzzle.
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Truman & the Beginning of the Cold War

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive social studies worksheet, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding the Truman presidency and the beginning of the Cold War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Truman & the Beginning of the Cold War (2)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 10 matching questions regarding the Truman presidency and the Cold War. Students may check their answers immediately.
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Truman & the Beginning of the Cold War (5)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 13 matching questions regarding the Truman presidency and the Cold War. Students may check their answers immediately.
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The Cold War (1)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive American history activity, students answer 9 multiple choice questions regarding the Cold War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Cold War (2)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive American history instructional activity, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding the Cold War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Cold War (3)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive American history worksheet, learners answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding the Cold War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Illingworth Cartoons: The Cold War

For Students 8th - 12th
In this political cartoon analysis worksheet, students examine a political cartoon from the Cold War era and respond to 5 short answer questions about it.
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American Foreign Policy Since World War II (The Cold War)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify and interpret some key figures and major events during the Cold War era, including the Korean War, Vietnam, Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the United States and China Cold War Relations. They also play...
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Cold War

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive world history worksheet, students answer 21 matching questions regarding the Cold War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Cold War Wars

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, high schoolers respond to 21 short answer questions regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the Chinese Civil War.
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End of World War II and the Beginning of the Cold War

For Teachers 8th - 11th
In this end of World War II and Cold War study guide worksheet, students fill in the blanks in a 6-paragraph passage with the appropriate words to complete the sentences regarding the time period.
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Korea: The Cold War Beyond Europe

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, high schoolers respond to 17 fill in the blank questions about the Korean War and Containment Policies.
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Cold War Reading: Worksheet #1

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, learners read 7 articles about the Cold War and respond to 10 short answer questions. The articles are included.
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Reactions to the Cold War

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Cold War worksheet, students read the noted textbook pages and then respond to 8 short answer questions about nuclear build-up, NORAD, and the Berlin Wall.
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Cold War

For Teachers 8th - 11th
In this Cold War study guide worksheet, respond to 5 questions that require them to fill in the blanks with the appropriate words to complete the sentences regarding the conflict.
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The End of the Cold War

For Teachers 6th - 10th
In this end of the Cold War study guide worksheet, students read a brief overview pertaining to the time period in world history and then respond to 4 reflection questions.
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Berlin: A Tale of Two Speeches

For Teachers 11th Standards
What fate befell the city of Berlin after World War II? The lesson shares two speeches from US presidents regarding the Berlin Wall and the Cold War. Pupils read primary sources, work in groups, and complete written activities to better...
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The Formation of the Western Alliance, 1948-1949

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do people stop the spread of an ideology they don't think is right? Scholars research the policy of containment during the start of the Cold War. Small groups analyze primary sources to determine how the United States combated...
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US History and Government Examination: January 2011

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan were defined by the Cold War. Using primary source documents and scaffolded analysis questions, pupils explore the effect the Cold War had on these presidencies. A...
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On This Day: The US Invasion of Grenada

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
The 1983 invasion of Grenada was one of the first major military actions after the Vietnam War. The invasion took place during the tensions of the Cold War, making the stakes higher than what might be expected. Using President Ronald...
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US History and Government Examination: August 2013

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
While the United States is now one of the strongest countries in the world, at its founding, it was plagued by controversies over the ratification of the Constitution, the Louisiana Purchase, and the expansion of slavery. Using a...
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On This Day: McCarthyism and the Red Scare

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Senator Joseph's McCarthy's claims that communists had infiltrated and threatened the American way of life set off a red scare in the 1950s—and those claims have influenced today's concepts of loyalty to country. Using video clips from...
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Categories of Cold War Histiography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
While the objective is to provide an overview of the Cold War in preparation for further study, this resource addresses the topic at a rather advanced level, and might need its own introductory lesson. The handouts include terms such as...
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Propaganda in the Cold War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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America and Canada: The Post Cold War Era

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the provoking question, "What does the term social change mean?" They discuss the social changes taking place during and following the Cold War. Students participate in a short discussion, they are presented with facts...
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The Cold War: Crossword

For Students 8th - 11th
This crossword puzzle focuses on clues related to The Cold War. It also has unrelated clues that would be a challenge to middle schoolers, but should be manageable to secondary students; particularly juniors taking US history. There are...
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Bombs Over Bikini: Teacher's Guide

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Cold War and the Manhattan Project launched the world into the nuclear age. Young historians explore how nations searched for bigger and better weapons to hold an advantage over other nations. Through discussion and comprehension...
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What Was the Cold War?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A study of the Cold War can helps students learn about history through interviewing people who lived through this period.
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The Cold War: Civil Defense or Nuclear Disarmament?

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners research the positions of civil defense and nuclear disarmament during the Cold War era. They participate in a class debate to support a given position.
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Writing Exercises: Economic Issues since World War II

For Students 9th - 11th
How have things changes economically since the end of WWII? Thoughtful writers will consider three questions and compose responses for each. They'll discuss Cold War science and technology, US involvement in Japanese and European...
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Crisis in Berlin: Decisions Game!

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Cold War did not begin with a bang, but with a swift tactic that reflected the Soviet Union's growing distrust of its former Allies. High schoolers choose either the USA or the USSR in a role play activity as they analyze why each...
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POWs

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Why did Vietnam POWs and their families receive more media attention than POWs in previous wars?  To answer this question, class members view artifacts, read articles, and engage in class discussion. Individuals then assume the voice of...
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Fahrenheit 451: Culture and History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Are literature and jazz dangerous as Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera contends? To establish the cultural and historical context of Fahrenheit 451, class members read a short essay about the 1950s and listen to classic jazz artists.
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Reading Strategies for the Social Studies Class

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Word splashes, read-draw-talk-write activities, exhibits. Middle schoolers use the Storypath approach to a unit study of America's concerns during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Teams organize a 21st century world's fair,...
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Cold War Warrior

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students discover details of the tension between the United States and communist countries during the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, students conduct research regarding the Cold War policies of Presidents: Truman, Eisenhower,...
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Containment in the Cold War

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the impact of containment policies on the Cold War. In this Cold War instructional activity, 10th graders analyze the effectiveness of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. As a culminating activity, students...
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Post-Cold War Europe

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive world history worksheet, high schoolers answer 20 matching questions regarding post-Cold War Europe. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Cuban Missile Crisis

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore facets of the Cold War. In this Cold War history lesson, students research a Cold War event in order to write a news story about the events that features direct quotations and images.
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The Technological Impact on 1950's Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers 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...
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America in the 1950's

For Students 5th - 8th
In this America in the 1950's worksheet, students read about housing, education, entertainment, and the Cold War in the 1950s. Students then answer 5 questions about this time.
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Fallout Shelter

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore Cold War Era threats. In this world history instructional activity, 8th graders research the threat of Communism and nuclear war brought about by the Korean War and Vietnam. Students watch clips of speeches and...
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The Spy’s Dilemma

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Learners examine primary source documents and and images. In this Cold War lesson plan, students become spies as they evaluate information in historical documents from the era.
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How Do You End a Nuclear Standoff?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students analyze Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. In this Cold War lesson, students listen to a lecture about the initiative and examine a speech given by President Reagan in 1983. Students then complete a cost analysis chart and...
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How do You End a Nuclear Standoff

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students analyze the Strategic Defense Initiative. In this Cold War instructional activity, students examine a speech given by President Reagan in 1983. Students then complete a cost analysis chart and discuss the nuclear standoff of...
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The Cold War Divides the World

For Students 9th - 10th
In this Cold War worksheet, students answer questions about a timeline, then define and give examples of key vocabulary terms.
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Containing Communism Abroad

For Teachers 11th Standards
Learn more about the policy of the United States to contain communism during the Cold War. The fifth installment of an eight-part series looks at primary and secondary materials about a challenging time in history. After analyzing the...
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Hot Spots Research Project

For Teachers 10th Standards
The Cold War was only between the US and the USSR, right? Wrong! Scholars use primary and secondary resources to analyze the global impact of the Cold War. The fourth installment of an eight-part series culminates in the creation of a...
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Anti-Communism at Home

For Teachers 11th Standards
Have you ever been accused of something without cause? The sixth installment of an eight-part series asks scholars to create a museum exhibit on the anti-communist activities in the United States at the start of the Cold War. To make...
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The Atomic Age: Living in the 1950s with the Threat of a Nuclear War

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The threat of a Nuclear attack was very real for people in the 1950s. Share the hysteria, propaganda, and reasons behind this Cold War tactic gone overboard. A great presentation intended to build a context for understanding mid-century...
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International Influence

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Discover how nations can use economic, military, and cultural influence to affect the decisions of other countries. These readings and worksheets offer an overview of spheres of international influence, particularly analyzing the spread...
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The Truman Doctrine and Soviet Expansion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What if the United States had not adopted a policy of containment of the USSR? What if the US had not adopted the Truman Doctrine or the Marshall Plan? After examining primary source documents that reveal American policy in the early...
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Gamma-Ray Bursts

For Students 9th - 12th
What do you get when you combine the Cold War with black holes? You get one of the greatest scientific mysteries in the history of astronomy! Pupils discover how our quest to keep the Soviet Union from launching nuclear weapons helped to...
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The Reagan Revolution

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Viewers learn about Ronald Reagan's conservative platform, abilities as a communicator, and implementation of trickle-down economics. The video places a heavy emphasis on major economic shifts of the period and the lasting effects of...
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US History Overview 3- WWll to Vietnam

For Students 8th - 11th
This video brings viewers up to modern history (1975) after taking them through WWII, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War. Though the format of the timeline might appear straightforward, viewers will be engaged...
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Overcoming the Berlin Wall

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a very informative video on the origins of the Berlin Wall, how it effectively divided Berlin, and the events that led to its demise and the reunification of the German people. This would be an excellent video to show during any...
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Hollywood's Take on the Cuban Missile Crisis: Thirteen Days

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Watching the film Thirteen Days is an engaging way of acquainting learners with the Cuban missile crisis, and this worksheet is the perfect accompaniment for viewership! It includes 15 questions for your young historians to consider and...
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Contrasting Cold War Terms

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine Cold War terminology. In this Cold War lesson, students define Cold War vocabulary words (the vocabulary list is not provided). Students also use the words in a classroom activity.
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Cold War game plans

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore and analyze the game plans for each side of the Cold War. They view and critique political cartoons to see how citizens felt about the Soviet Union's Cold War game plan. Each student interacts with primary and...
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From Cold War to Military Action: War in Korea

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the foreign policy decisions since the end of World War II. They discuss why the United Nations and other human rights organizations were founded during this time period. They research the consequences of the...
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Cold War - The Space Race

For Students 5th - 6th
In these Cold War worksheets, students read about the space race between the United States and Russia. Students also read about the first man on the moon and answer 8 questions about the texts.
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Post-WWII De-Colonization

For Teachers 9th - 11th
The end of WWII brought big changes around the world, not the least of which occur in the increasingly decolonized continent of Africa. This slideshow details the developing countries of Ghana, Kenya, Congo, Nigeria, and South Africa, to...
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The Arab-Israeli Conflict

For Students 11th - 12th
Provide your class with a context and series of events that has led to the conflict in the Middle East. They read 4 separate passages and answer 1 critical thinking question for each. Four more questions are posed at the bottom of the...
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World History Pre-Assessment

For Teachers 9th - 11th
What do the members of your class already know about world history? This is a fabulous pre-assessment that will illustrate the varying levels of general world history knowledge among your young historians that you can use to inform your...
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Military Advisers in Vietnam: 1963

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How did the beginning of the Vietnam War factor into the Cold War with the Soviet Union? As part of a study of American involvement in Vietnam, class members read a letter address to President Kennedy and his response in which he...
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Understanding JFK's Presidency through his Speeches

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students reflect and discuss the major events that happened in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's.  For this U.S. History lesson, students read and analyze the famous speeches during this time frame, then complete a worksheet...
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The Berlin Airlift

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
After World War II, the Soviet Union and the Allied forces divided Germany into equal quadrants, but Joseph Stalin's increasing mistrust led to nearly 12 months of blocked access to West Berlin—and the 2.3 million people who still lived...
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An Introduction to Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In 1996, Samuel Huntington predicted that in a post-Cold War world, the primary source of conflict would be due to cultural and religious differences, rather than ideological ones. Introduce The Clash of Civilizations with a short,...
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An Introduction to Francis Fukuyama's The End of History

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man is the subject of a short political analysis video. High schoolers learn more about Fukuyama's view of liberal democracy and political rivalry, and why he believed that the...
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On This Day: Iranian Hostage Crisis

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
The history behind the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis is long and complicated. The hostage crisis directly affected a presidential election, and it played into Cold War fears of a global crisis. Using video clips of an historian...
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Landing a Man on the Moon: President Nixon and the Apollo Program

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
New ReviewTake the small step for man and giant leap for mankind with the Apollo astronauts using primary sources. Young historians explore the documents related to the American space program up through the lunar landing, including presidential...
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Kennedy Presidency and the Cold War

For Students 8th - 12th
In this 1960's America worksheet, students read articles about the Kennedy presidency and the Cold War. Students then respond to 12 short answer questions regarding the articles.
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The Cold War in Asia

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Dig deeper into the motivations and details of American involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. This engaging video covers the events and profound effects of attempts made by the United States to prevent the spread of communism in...
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The Korean War and Its Aftermath

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...