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The Cold War to Present unit.

For the United States (and many other countries), the period after World War II was a time for relief and a time for paranoia. With the distrust between the Allies building, the United States crept closer to another war. This time, though, the war could be nuclear.

Through this unit, you will come to understand how the world was moving close to a nuclear war, how other wars began, and how this affected the United States. Research your topics through media and print to discover the facts about the Cold War to the present day.

Each activity will help you to understand an important concept about the unit. Research resources are provided for many of the activities. Use these to help you save time.

Each activity will be graded separately. All directions must be followed, use complete sentences and paragraphs, and include many details for the Cold War to Present era (1945- today).

Every activity that is submitted should be labelled with your full name, the date completed, the activity number, and the activity name in order to receive credit. At this point in the year, all directions should be followed completely. Lack of any of these will result in the activity not being graded.

Cold War to Present: Unit Overview

These are the required elements to this unit.

SS5H6 The student will explain the reasons for America’s involvement in Cold War to Present.
SS5H7 The student will discuss the origins and consequences of the Cold War.
  • a. Explain the origin and meaning of the term “Iron Curtain.”
  • b. Explain how the United States sought to stop the spread of communism through the Berlin airlift, the Korean War, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  • c. Identify Joseph McCarthy and Nikita Khrushchev.
SS5H8 The student will describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975.
  • a. Discuss the importance of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.
  • b. Explain the key events and people of the Civil Rights movement; include Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, and civil rights activities of Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • c. Describe the impact on American society of the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • d. Discuss the significance of the technologies of television and space exploration.
SS5H9 The student will trace important developments in America since 1975.
  • a. Describe U. S. involvement in world events; include efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Persian Gulf War, and the War on Terrorism in response to September 11, 2001.
  • b. Explain the impact the development of the personal computer and the Internet has had on American life.

Mini-lessons will be covered in class each day by Mr. Brazile.You need to know the answers to these questions.

1. How did people influence the world from the Cold War to present?
2. How did leaders influence the world from the Cold War to present?
3. How did events influence the world from the Cold War to present?
4. What was the Cuban Missile Crisis?
5. What caused the United States to enter the Korean War?
6. What caused the United States to enter the Vietnam War?
7. How did economic systems impact the world during the Cold War era?
8. How did the world change from the Cold War to present?
9. How did the United States change in relation to equal rights?

Directions: Please read all of these thoroughly, understanding that as we progress through the year, expectations change.

  • Students are expected to follow mini-lesson discussions each day.
  • Students will use research tools (internet, textbook, encyclopedias, books, etc.) to research and discern information for projects.
  • Notes will be taken, along with citations of reference materials (Title/web URL, author).
  • Projects will include detailed information pertaining to the focused era.
  • All projects will be double-checked prior to turning in for grade.
  • Students can work projects in any order (suggested order is to follow the chronological order of the era).
  • Students should remember that if they want to complete a project based on a book, they should start the book early.
  • Each activity must include the student's full name, the date of completion, the activity name, and the activity number in order to receive credit.

Use these resources to discover information for your unit.

Unit Checklist
Brittanica Database

BrainPop


EduCrate Videos
BrainPop - Cold War
BrainPop - Korean War
BrainPop - Vietnam War
BrainPop - Civil Rights Movement
BrainPop Jr. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography
Other Resources:

NATO history

NATO.int

History.com resources
(note: these may not work on Apple devices or those not able to run Flash programming.)

The Cold War


History.com's Cold War Webpage

The Berlin Wall


History.com's Berlin Wall Webpage

Kennedy's Response to the Berlin Wall

The Korean War era


History.com's Korean War Webpage

The Cuban Missile Crisis


History.com's Cuban Missile Crisis Webpage

The Space Race


Histroy.com's Space Race Webpage

The Vietnam War


History.com's Vietnam War Webpage

The Civil Rights Movement

History.com's Civil Rights Movement Webpage
The Cold War to Present Unit: Activities
Directions:Make a chart using the computer explaining the following terms:

  1. 15th Amendment
  2. 19th Amendment
  3. 26th Amendment
  4. Anti-communism
  5. Arms race
  6. Capitalism
  7. Cold War
  8. Communism
  9. Democracy
  10. Desegregation
  11. Iron Curtain
  12. Market Economy
  13. NATO
  14. Nuclear war
  15. Segregation
  16. Space race
Directions: Our code breakers just intercepted a secret message. They've sent it to us in Morse Code. Listen to the message here. Here is the transposed code:

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Follow the instructions in the code.
Directions:

You are on temporary assignment with a national news magazine. Your job is to create a magazine article telling about the presidents since 1945.

Your article should have an introductory paragraph and then at least one well-written paragraph for each of the presidents listed below. You must include:

  • Date of birth and their date of death (if applicable).
  • Dates they were in office.
  • The political party they were affiliated with when elected.
  • Their most notable accomplishments while president.

This is a magazine article, so you can include small photos within your story. There are numerous programs for writing articles (Word, DesignPad, InDesign, etc.). It must be in your own words!

Include the following presidents:

  • Barak Obama
  • George H. W. Bush
  • George W. Bush
  • James "Jimmy" Carter
  • William "Bill" Clinton
  • Dwight Eisenhower
  • Gerald Ford
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • Ronald Reagan

Directions:You're working as a spy. You've been given the following pictures and you have to determine who they are and why they're important. Luckily for you, you have been given access to a special tool to look up pictures on a special database.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it (you don't really have a choice) is to discover who is in each picture and write a brief description of why they're important. Here are your targets:


Directions:Create the following three presentations including the events listed below it:

Civil Rights
  • Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Civil Rights Act
  • March on Washington
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Voting Rights Act

Tension
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • "Iron Curtain"
  • NATO
  • Persian Gulf War
  • Space Race
  • United Nations
  • World Trade Center attacks
  • War on Terrorism in response to 9/11/2001 attacks.

Impact
  • Impact of the internet
  • Impact of the personal computer (How has the computer changed the world?)
  • Impact of Television (How has TV affected the world?)

Directions:Create a world map, noting the following locations with a short, quick description of why it's important:

  • Montgomery, Alabama, USA
  • Soviet Union
  • Berlin Wall
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Persian Gulf War
  • World Trade Center attack


Directions: Complete the Geoguessr game at this location:

Cold War Geoguessr

On a piece of paper, write out each location and its importance to the Cold War.
Directions: Complete the Geoguessr game at this location:

Cold War to Present Geoguessr

On a piece of paper, write out each location and its importance to the Cold War time period.

Choose to complete one of the following:
Directions: Create a video story (a collection of relevant pictures, text, and audio put together in a video to tell a story or explain an event) for the following:

  • Civil Rights Movement
  • World Trade Center Attack
  • Cold War


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