Enduring Understandings – What were the causes and effects of the U.S.’ increased and assumed responsibility of defending democracy throughout the world?
Essential Questions – Focus Question: What were the Cold War fears of the American people in the aftermath of the Second Cold War? How successfully did the Presidential administrations of Truman and Eisenhower address these fears?
Lesson Objectives and Key Vocabulary:
SS.912.A.6.6: Analyze the use of atomic weapons during World War II and the aftermath of the bombings.
SS.912.A.6.11: Examine the controversy surrounding the proliferation of nuclear technology in the United States and the world.
SS.912.A.6.13: Analyze significant foreign policy events during the Truman and Eisenhower
SS.912.A.1.2: Utilize a variety of primary and secondary sources to identify author, historical significance, audience, and authenticity to understand a historical period.
SS.912.A.1.4: Analyze how images, symbols, objects, cartoons, graphs, charts, maps, and artwork may be used to interpret the significance of time periods and events from the past.
TRUMAN & THE COLD WAR (1945-1953)
Post-War Foreign Policy
Origins of the Cold War (1945-1950)
Battle of Ideologies: Democracy and Capitalism vs. Communism
Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech
Division of Germany
Controversy Over Atomic Weapons
Expansion of Soviet power in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia
Containment of Communism
Military and Economic Aid: Truman Doctrine & Marshall Plan
Have students answer the DBQ as their final unit assignment
Specific Activities: (From Guided to Independent)
Spark Prior Knowledge by having students fill in a web for Cold War. Give the students about 15 seconds to write down everything they know about the two topics. Once the 15 seconds are done then have students share what they know while writing down their suggestions on the board to therefore compile a class list of prior knowledge.
Have students take active notes while the Power Point Presentation and lecture is occurring. Allow time for students to ask questions and discuss points of interest.
Allow students to visualize the events by showing “The Story of Us”.
Students will then take ownership of the information discovered by applying it to the DBQ.
Differentiated Instruction Strategies:
Low level readers and LEP students should be provided with a hard copy of the power point presentation so that they can easily follow along during the lecture and active notes portion of the lesson.
Smart Board if available, if not, access to a lap top and LCD projector will be needed:
Power Point Presentations- http://tahgrant.dadeschools.net/docs.asp
“Cold War and Nuclear Arms Race” by Dr. Chuck Bolt
DVD “The Story of US”, History Channel Documentary (the corresponding episodes)
Students will take ownership of the information discovered by applying it to the DBQ.
What were the Cold War fears of the American people in the aftermath of the Second Cold War? How successfully did the Presidential administrations of Truman and Eisenhower address these fears?