Containing Communism Abroad

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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 documents, scholars create class presentations that explore the issue of containment in the 20th century. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Designate investigative teams to research individual topics on containment, including Cuba, the Bay of Pigs, the Korean War, and Iran
  • Split the class in half and debate the success of the policy of containment as a lesson review
Classroom Considerations
  • Create a laminated master copy of the photos and maps for continued use during the unit
  • Groups should be no more than three in size
  • Resource is 140 pages long
  • Resource includes a wide range of printable materials for classroom use
  • Photos and maps have URL links for larger viewing and printing