Unit: The 1950’s: Cold War Politics and American Life


Day 2 Cold War , the Red Scare, and McCarthyism



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Day 2 Cold War , the Red Scare, and McCarthyism
Lesson Activities:


  1. DoNow: Quote: “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” - Yoda. How do human beings behave when they feel afraid or threatened? How do politicians use fear to control people?

  2. Collect Korea Prompt.

  3. Brief Map Quiz.

  4. Check and review homework questions

  5. Discuss responses to Do Now question.

  6. Power point on summarizing the main points McCarthyism and the Red Scare.

  7. Read an excerpt from The Crucible and discuss comparison of Salem Witch trials to McCarthyism.

  8. Hollywood Ten Documentary and Blacklisting – Does the government have the right to take away personal liberties for the sake of national security? Why or why not?

  9. Show trailers of 1950’s anti-Communist horror movies – Segway into homework assignment (Movie Poster Project).


Materials Needed: DoNow worksheet, Power Point, Map Quiz, Photocopies of Crucible excerpt, Hollywood Ten Documentary, Movie trailer.

Where Process The Three “R’s”




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