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Cold War Activities for High School

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The tensions of the Cold War can feel abstract to students who can't remember this era personally. These activities can help them engage with the issues of the Cold War.

Studying the Cold War

The Cold War was a complex conflict that entangled politics, economics, cultures, and societies around the world. As a foundational aspect of the geopolitical world today, it's important for students to understand the Cold War. The following activities can give your students chances to engage with this material in unique and interactive ways, helping them to delve deeper into the Cold War and its impact.

Cold War Activities for High School

Propaganda Posters

This activity can be completed by students in small groups or independently. Provide students with a packet of propaganda posters from the Cold War. These posters should come from both the capitalism and communist spheres. Students will examine and analyze the messages in these posters, and will then attempt to create one capitalist and one communist propaganda poster of their own. Remind students that they will not be evaluated on artistic skill, only on their ideas; stick figures are fine.

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