President Reagan and the Cold War: Vision and Diplomacy

After 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 between the leaders, class members analyze sets of documents and present their findings about Cold War diplomacy to their peers. A jigsaw format helps show multiple in-depth perspectives.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Structure a group project based on the activity
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils need computer access to view and analyze documents
  • Learners need background on the Cold War to complete the lesson
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Documents allow for a deep dive into American-Soviet relations
  • Activity is great for both advanced and basic learners
Cons
  • None