One class period block schedule (with pre-assigned homework assignment) Standards AddressedUnited States History
1A, 1B, 1C, 6C, 6D, 20A
Computer lab Procedure
In the class period preceding the strategy assign students to do internet research on the cold war. Have them concentrate on United States policies as well as the policies the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. (Make sure your students are aware that this country no longer exists and that it is currently broken into many independent or semi-independent states, the largest of which is Russia.) Additionally, have them assemble arguments for each side that would blame the other for the tense, forty year struggle know as the Cold War.
On the day of the class, group students into sets of two. Assign each an A or a B. Have each A student take the role of a patriotic American. Have each B student take the role of a patriotic Russian. Give each group 15 minutes or more to debate the cases of their countries. When the set time limit has been reached, direct each group to construct a diagram with “Cold War” as its title and to compare the points of view of the two Superpowers. Assessment
Assign a position paper defending the position of one of the Superpowers. The paper should be typed and three pages, 12 font, in length.