Lesson Plan

A Presidential Decision - The Bay of Pigs

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The lesson examines President Kennedy's response to the Bay of Pigs Crisis and  Cold War tensions. Academics learn how the information President Kennedy had affected his response to the question of whether to invade Cuba. Scholars read documents, look at political cartoons, complete worksheets, and participate in group discussion. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Guide a group discussion on alternate outcomes to the Bay of Pigs crisis 
  • Have learners create a report for the president explaining the situation in Cuba 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson will take 1-2 class periods 
  • Resource includes an extension activity if time allows
  • Lesson uses primary sources to enhance learning 
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