Cold War Containment Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

If you are discussing the Soviet Union, communism and the opponents, this lesson plan provides many activities to reinforce students' comprehension. Students will participate in a reading assignment, watch a video and complete a timeline. Two quizzes are also available.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the idea of containment and its purpose
  • Describe the opponent and proponent rationales
  • Identify major policies that impacted containment

Length

90 - 120 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.2.B

Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience's knowledge of the topic.

Vocabulary

  • communism
  • capitalism
  • Cold War
  • George Kennan
  • long telegram
  • containment
  • Department of Defense
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • National Security Council
  • Domino Theory
  • Western Union Defense Organization
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Warsaw Pact

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