Ch 32: The Cold War High School World History Lesson Plans

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The Cold War chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the international relations and military conflicts that defined this era 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 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 post-war world Western European plans for using capitalism as a tool to improve global economic performance, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the Soviet socialist alternative to GATT (COMECON), Eastern Europe, the Iron Curtain
Tuesday The Cold War Countries who 'fought' in the Cold War, causes of the Cold War, America's national security state
Wednesday The Korean War The causes of the Korean War, the end of the Korean War, the after-effects of this war
Thursday The Cold War in America McCarthyism, the Red Scare and its effects, communism, Americans' daily life under the Cold War
Friday The American presidency in the Cold War Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, domestic and foreign policies, Laos, the Berlin Wall, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis

8 Lessons in Chapter 32: The Cold War High School World History Lesson Plans
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A Capitalist Plan for a World Economy & the Soviet Alternative

1. A Capitalist Plan for a World Economy & the Soviet Alternative

In this lesson, we explore the capitalist plans for the global economy of Western nations in the aftermath of WWII while also discovering the Eastern communist response.

Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

2. 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.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

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