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ALEX Lesson Plans
Social Studies (11), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
News Flash: The End of the Cold War
This lesson is an inquiry into events that occurred during the Cold War era. It is a technology-based project on one event that occurred during the Cold War(1945-1991). The Cold War describes the tense and hostile relationship between the Soviet Union and the U.S. between 1945 and 1992. The communist government of the Soviet Union wanted to convert other countries to communism. The U.S. pledged to support free countries so they could resist communism. Both countries had nuclear weapons and were capable of launching a nuclear war. Other countries took sides in this international conflict. Many Western European countries sided with the U.S. to form NATO (National Atlantic Treaty Organization) in 1949. Eastern European countries signed the Warsaw Pact and formed an alliance with the Soviet Union.
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The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949
In this unit of three lessons, from EDSITEment, students explore the origins of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Students study international relations just after World War II, with particular attention to the Yalta and Potsdam Conferences, the U.S. strategy of containment, the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The Rise and Fall of Joseph McCarthy
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students learn about Senator Joseph McCarthy's crusade against communism, from his initial pronouncements in 1950 to his ultimate censure and disgrace in 1954. Through an examination of documents and political cartoons, students study key points in McCarthy's career, with an eye to understanding how his efforts brought American anticommunism to a fever pitch and then into disrepute.