High School Assignment - End of the Cold War Video Argument

Instructor: Sharon Kim
Students create a TED Talk-style video to discuss whether the fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the Cold War was the result of decisions made by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s or was always the determined outcome of the Cold War. After taking a position and finding supporting examples, students share them all in an engaging video presentation. Updated: 08/05/2020

Assignment Instructions for Students

The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 is considered the end of the Cold War; America was declared the winner. Some historians argue that this always was the determined outcome of the war, while others argue that America's victory was not predetermined, but the result of decisions made in the 1980s by Ronald Reagan.

For this assignment, you are going to create a 3-5 minute TED Talk-style video where you are the world's leading expert on the Cold War. Your talk will be on this statement: America's winning of the Cold War was inevitable. In your presentation, you will either agree or disagree with this statement and provide two reasons why.

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