Ch 53: MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Cold War Era

About This Chapter

This chapter contains lessons aimed at helping you prepare for questions on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam that concern The Cold War Era. After studying with this chapter, you'll be ready for any question about this time period.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Cold War Era - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will provide you with an easy-to-follow review of the events surrounding the Cold War era and the key figures involved in them. By the time you finish this chapter, you'll have enhanced your knowledge of:

  • The definition and causes of the Cold War
  • The United States and the Soviet Union as two super powers
  • Conflicts during the Cold War
  • The fall of the Soviet Union and end of the Cold War
  • Approaches toward the study of the Cold War
  • The United States' involvement in the Korean War
  • McCarthyism and the Red Scare
  • The Cold War as seen by Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy
  • The Vietnam War

Each video lesson contains a timeline feature that will allow you to quick-jump to different key points for extra study of specific topics, and if you prefer to learn by reading, the lessons also come with a transcript where you'll find important points listed in bold type for easy review. The quizzes at the end of each lesson will help you familiarize yourself with the sort of questions you may encounter on the exam while letting you assess your understanding of the topic before moving on to the next lesson.

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The MTEL Middle School Humanities test is a computer-based exam made up of 100 multiple-choice questions and two written-response questions divided into six different subtests. A passing score on the exam is 240. This chapter will be useful as you study for the history subtest, which will count towards 25% of your exam score in total. Though you'll need to study further to prepare for every portion of the subtest, this chapter will help you ensure you're ready for any question concerning the Cold War.

10 Lessons in Chapter 53: MTEL Middle School Humanities: The Cold War Era
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The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

1. The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

The period of distrust between the Soviet Union and United States was known as the Cold War. Learn about the origins of the era, essential events and the shaping of the national security state.

Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

2. Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

In this lesson we will look at the role the United States and the Soviet Union played in post-1945 Europe. We will focus specifically on the influence of each super power and see how each state impacted developments in Europe.

Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

3. Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

In this lesson, we explore several of the world's conflicts in the second half of the 20th century that ended up becoming proxy wars between the United States and the Soviet Union in their Cold War standoff.

Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

4. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.

Approaches Toward the Cold War: Traditionalism, Revisionism & Post-Revisionism

5. Approaches Toward the Cold War: Traditionalism, Revisionism & Post-Revisionism

The study of the Cold War has produced a voluminous amount of interpretation. In this lesson, you will learn about the various schools of thought, including realism, traditionalism, revisionism and post-revisionism.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

6. United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

The Korean War was a short but bloody war with more than five million casualties. Find out what caused this deadly and destructive war, how the United States came to be involved and how the war affected Korea and its allies.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

7. McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

The fear of communism, known as the Red Scare, led to a national witch hunt for suspected communist supporters, which was known as McCarthyism. Learn about the rise of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, the impact of McCarthyism on American society and the legacy of the short-lived fear campaign.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

8. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered office during an amplified period of the Cold War. Learn about Eisenhower's domestic and foreign agenda in dealing with the Cold War during the 1950s.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

9. John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

Upon entering office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy was tasked with the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in the United States' battle against communism. Learn about Kennedy's successes and failures in handling the Cold War.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

10. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.

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