Berlin Airlift Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

Trying to delve into the intricacies of the Berlin Airlift? Use this lesson plan and materials to analyze the Berlin Airlift and examine the actions taken by the Western Allies.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • analyze the impact of the Berlin Airlift on Cold War politics
  • describe the actions taken by the Western Allies during the Berlin Blockade


1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

Key Terms

  • The Berlin Airlift
  • Zones
  • Cold War


Review with students the strategic situation at the end of World War II. Remind them that while the Allies had won the war, the Western Allies and the Soviet Union had very different worldviews.

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