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Lesson Plans World History II SOL 13d

Lesson Plans World History II SOL 13d: Cold War People

Standard WH II: The student will demonstrate knowledge of major events in the second half of the twentieth century by

Objectives: describing major contributions of selected world leaders in the second half of the twentieth century, including Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Deng Xiaoping.

Lesson Plans:
Introduction: A Bell-ringer activity
Notes: Students copy-down and discuss teacher generated notes
Activities: Students complete various in class activities to support learning including video analysis, maps, charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, worksheets, text-book questions, group discussion, KWL Charts etc.
Assessment: Informal, Formal, Exit-Questions, Teacher Questioning. Quizzes, Tests, Projects.

Essential Knowledge
Indira Gandhi
• Closer relationship between India and the Soviet Union during the Cold War
• Developed nuclear program
Margaret Thatcher
• British prime minister
• Free trade and less government regulation of business
• Close relationship with United States and U.S. foreign policy
• Assertion of United Kingdom’s military power
Mikhail Gorbachev
• Glasnost and perestroika
• Fall of the Berlin Wall
• Last president of Soviet Union
Deng Xiaoping
• Reformed Communist China’s economy to a market economy leading to rapid economic growth
• Continued communist control of government

Activities that Support Lesson Plans

Cold War Match: Lesson Plan from Teacher Pay Teachers

Indira Gandhi Biography Reading: Student reading on biography. Students answer questions.

Ronald Reagan and End of the Cold War: Lesson Plan for use with video below.

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Lesson Plans World History II SOL 13b

Lesson Plans World History II SOL 13b: Cold War Events

Standard WH II:
The student will demonstrate knowledge of major events in the second half of the twentieth century by

Objectives: Assessing the impact of nuclear weaponry on patterns of conflict and cooperation since 1945.

Lesson Plans:
Introduction: A Bell-ringer activity
Notes: Students copy-down and discuss teacher generated notes
Activities: Students complete various in class activities to support learning including video analysis, maps, charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, worksheets, text-book questions, group discussion, KWL Charts etc.
Assessment: Informal, Formal, Exit-Questions, Teacher Questioning. Quizzes, Tests, Projects.

Essential Knowledge:
Characteristics of the Cold War (1948– 1989)
• North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) vs. Warsaw Pact
• Korean War
• Vietnam War
• Berlin and significance of Berlin Wall
• Cuban Missile Crisis
• Nuclear weapons and the theory of deterrence

Activities that Support Lesson Plans:

Berlin City Divided Graphic Novel: Graphic Novel reading on Berlin Wall

Berlin City Divided Questions: Student Questions on the above Graphic Novel

Berlin Wall Reading and Graffiti Assignment: Teacher answers for Graphic Novel reading on Berlin Wall. In a PowerPoint format.

Berlin Wall Reading A student reading on the Berlin Wall

Cold War Web-hunt of events A web-hunt on several different Cold War Events. Note: Students will need headphones and teachers should check to ensure the links still work.

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Lesson Plans World History II 13a

Lesson Plans World History II 13a: Beginning of the Cold War

Standard WH II: The student will demonstrate knowledge of major events in the second half of the twentieth century by

Objectives: Explaining key events of the Cold War, including the competition between the American and Soviet economic and political systems and the causes of the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Note: I tend to break SOL 13a into two parts. One part is on the causes of the Cold War. The other is on the causes of the Cold War ending.

Lesson Plans
Introduction: A Bell-ringer activity
Notes: Students copy-down and discuss teacher generated notes
Activities: Students complete various in class activities to support learning including video analysis, maps, charts, diagrams, graphic organizers, worksheets, text-book questions, group discussion, KWL Charts etc.
Assessment: Informal, Formal, Exit-Questions, Teacher Questioning. Quizzes, Tests, Projects.

Essential Knowledge:

Beginning of the Cold War (1945– 1948)
• The Yalta Conference and the Soviet control of Eastern Europe
• Rivalry between the United States and the U.S.S.R.
• Democracy and the free enterprise system vs. dictatorship and communism
• President Truman and the Policy of Containment
• Eastern Europe: Soviet satellite nations, the Iron Curtain

Activities that Support Lesson Plans

Communism vs Capitalism Analysis: Students may read a comparison between Communism and Capitalism and then answer questions.

What Caused the Cold War Inquiry Method: A set of 12 documents. I normally assign students to a group and then using a carousal format, rotate around the room stopping at each station and completing the questions.

What Caused the Cold War Type 2 Data Set Analysis: Student worksheet with questions.

What Caused the Cold War PowerPoint: Introduction PowerPoint, complete with answers.