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Cold War

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Social & Civic Responsibility

Time Frame:
3 class periods that run 90 minutes each.

Group Size:
Large Groups


 

Summary:
Enduring Understanding:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the causes and effects of the Cold War.
Essential Questions:
  • What were the philosophies and actions of the two sides of the Iron Curtain?
  • What major events took place as a result of the Cold War?
  • Who were the heroes of the Cold War?
  • What political policies arose as a result of the Cold War?
  • What was the reaction on the homefront?

Materials:

  • U.S. History book
  • World History book
  • Internet

Background For Teachers:

  • The teacher will have a standard background on Post WWII America.
  • They will teach the students about the logistics of co-op groups and the importance of everyone contributing.
  • The groups will be instructed about how to do effective presentations (based on the rubric).

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the causes and effects of the Cold War.
  • Student will explain the philosophies and actions of the two sides of the Iron Curtain.
  • Students will show what major events took place as a result of the Cold War.
  • Students will tell about the heroes of the Cold War.
  • Students will relate how political policies arose as a result of the Cold War.
  • Students will understand what the reaction on the homefront was.

Instructional Procedures:
Students should be given the grading rubric ahead of time.

  1. Lecture explaining the basis of a Cold War between two superpowers. Explain the importance of "buffer zone" and "iron curtain" and its importance to the Cold War.
  2. Divide the students into groups of 4 to 6 people. Have them draw or pick an event of the Cold War to research:
    • Berlin Wall
    • McCarthyism
    • Truman Doctrine
    • NATO
    • Detente
    • Bay of Pigs
    • Warsaw Pact
    • Berlin Airlift
    • Sputnik
    • Espionage
    • Cuban Missile Crisis
    • Marshall Plan
    • Korean War
    • Nuclear Proliferation
    • Yalta Conference
  3. Have each group research their topic and do an oral presentation to the class. Each report should include:
    • Background/history
    • A hand-out for each student
    • Oral presentation using each student in the group equally
    • An assessment
    • Visual Aids
    • A lesson showing each side.

Extensions:
Primary source analysis worksheet

Web Sites

  • Digital Classroom
    This web site provides analysis worksheets to evaluate: sound recordings, motion pictures, artifact analysis worksheet, maps, posters, photos, and written documents
  • History.Net
    This site has great information and pictures on all historical periods and events.
  • Truman Library
    Great political cartoons and information from the Truman era.

Assessment Plan:
Group Oral Presentations:

  • Background/history
  • Handout/one per student
  • Oral presentation
  • Show both East and West Side of issue or event
  • Standard Rubric

Rubric:

Author:
JILL BARRACLOUGH
Carolee Cluny

Created Date :
Aug 05 2002 11:29 AM

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