Communism Essay Prompts

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about communism will not only help your students understand modern global history, it will also give them a sense of different possible political and economic philosophies. The prompts in this lesson will get your students thinking deeply and critically about communism.

Writing About Communism

A political ideology based on Marxism, communism has had a major influence on modern global history. Without communism, we probably would not have had the Cold War, and life would be very different in large portions of Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the United States, communists have influenced the way capitalism gets interpreted and critiqued, and the push-back against communism led to the McCarthy era, where the practice of making accusations of treason without proper evidence was commonplace, as well as to involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

If you are teaching your students about communism, it can be very helpful to assign them essays that will encourage them to think deeply and critically about communism's history as well as its philosophical underpinnings. The topics in this lesson are diverse enough to ignite many different students' thought processes, teach them more about communism, and give them practice with the writing process.

Prompts About the History of Communism

Part of understanding communism is understanding how it has played out in history. The topics in this section will develop your students' historical understanding and knowledge about communism's practical implications for a variety of societies.

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