Ch 20: The Cold War (1950-1973) Lesson Plans

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The Cold War (1950-1973) chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the many factors that contributed to the Cold War in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

8 Lessons in Chapter 20: The Cold War (1950-1973) Lesson Plans
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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.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

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.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

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.

The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

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.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

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.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

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.

The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations

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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