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Below is a sample breakdown of the Cold War (1950-1973) 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||The start of the Cold War and U.S. involvement||What was the Cold War all about, events that led to the start of the Cold War, American politics at the time, the Korean War, and the results of Americans getting involved in these wars|
|Tuesday||McCarthyism||Background of General Joseph McCarthy, definition of the Red Scare, McCarthy's politics in relationship to the Cold War, communism, and how communist sympathizers were treated in the U.S.|
|Wednesday||Presidents during the Cold War: Dwight D. Eisenhower||Changes to the American public as a result of Cold War policies, Eisenhower's political goals domestically and abroad, and how the President confronted matters related to the Cold War throughout the 1950s|
|Thursday||Presidents during the Cold War: John F. Kennedy||Kennedy's methods for fighting communism, building the Berlin wall, neutralizing the country of Laos, the Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban missile crisis|
|Friday||The Vietnam War||What started the war, U.S. political views of Vietnam, and factors that escalated U.S. involvement|
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life
Fear of communism and nuclear annihilation spread throughout the United States during the Cold War. Learn about the effects of the Cold War on everyday life and the determination of Americans to prepare for and combat the communist menace.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations
In this lesson, we will examine the Korean War. We will explore the events leading up to the war, some of its most important battles, and also highlight the key themes associated with it.
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