Cold War Simulation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is for teachers to use as their students learn about the Cold War. Students will watch a video lesson and re-enact various scenes from the Cold War.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the Cold War
  • Summarize the effects of the Red Scare on Americans

Length

This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Vocabulary

  • Cold War
  • Duck and Cover
  • Federal Civil Defense Administration
  • House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
  • Red Scare
  • Taft-Hartley Act

Lesson Instructions

Activate prior knowledge by creating a concept map with students about the Cold War.

Watch The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life with students. Pause at 0:75 to ask:

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