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Ch 32: The Cold War: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Cold War unit of this High School World History Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about Cold War events. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School World History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about events and causes of the Cold War. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the Cold War. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the Cold War, the Korean War, the Red Scare, McCarthyism, and post-war Soviet Union.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Cold War unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Cold War Unit Objectives:

  • Explain how the West planned to spread capitalism as a means of reforming the world economy.
  • Discuss developments that unfolded in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe after World War II, including the descent of the Iron Curtain.
  • List the causes of the Cold War and describe the national security state in America.
  • Take a look at the causes and effects of the Korean War.
  • Learn about the Red Scare and discuss Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist tactics.
  • Explain how the Cold War affected everyday life in America.
  • Discuss President Eisenhower's domestic and foreign policies regarding the Cold War.
  • Explore the different ways President Kennedy attempted to battle communism, including the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

8 Lessons in Chapter 32: The Cold War: Homeschool Curriculum
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Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

A Capitalist Plan for a World Economy & the Soviet Alternative

8. 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.

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