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Below is a sample breakdown of the Post-War World (1946 - 1959) chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| Post-War Europe: The Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan; |
Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition and Reconstruction of Japan's Government
| European developments after World War II; |
General MacArthur's restructuring of Japan
|Tuesday||Post-War Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain||Events in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union after World War II|
|Wednesday||Post-War American Politics: Foreign and Domestic Policy||Political concerns with regard to domestic and foreign policies|
|Thursday||Post-War American Life: Culture of the Late 1940s and 1950s||American culture during this era|
|Friday||The Counter-Culture of Post-War America||A look at Americans who weren't optimistic about the culture and economics of the 1950s|
1. Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan
In this lesson, we will learn about the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift. We will examine the conditions in postwar Europe that resulted in these events, and we will understand why they are important.
2. Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government
In this lesson, we will examine post-war Asia. We will specifically focus on the partition of Korea, and the occupation and reconstruction of Japan. We will understand why these events took place, and how their impact is felt to this day.
3. Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain
In this lesson, we will learn about some of the dynamic events that followed World War II in Eastern Europe. We will explore the descent of the Iron Curtain, and learn about the formation of the Eastern Bloc states.
4. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy
In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.
5. Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s
In this lesson, we will explore American postwar culture. We will learn what life was like throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s by highlighting important cultural trends.
6. The Counter-Culture of Post-War America
In this lesson we will explore the counter-culture of the postwar era. We will examine the groups and individuals who defied the conventions of mainstream society.
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