Cold War Lesson Plan

Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War? That is the essential question at the heart of a plan that asks young historians to examine a series of primary source documents, formulate a claim, and support their claim with evidence drawn from the documents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair individuals with opposing viewpoints, and have them share and discuss their claims
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson presumes class members understand the differences between communism and capitalism, and have knowledge of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan

  • The nine-page packet includes the plan, a timeline, the documents, a worksheet, and a PowerPoint presentation

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Common Core

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  • The Origins of the Cold War
  • Worksheet
  • Student Reference
  • Reading Passage
  • Primary Source
  • Activity