This is a lesson plan that I put together to introduce the Cold War in U.S. History. I generally begin this lesson just after WWII. I did not create all materials myself as I have acquired the readings of the past few years. Nonetheless, I want to share these materials with others. The lesson begins by introducing the topics of the 1950s, and then, has students analyze and evaluate post-war goals/objectives for the United States. The lesson goes on to cover how the U.S. and USSR became enemies, covers the Potsdam and Yalta conferences, the Iron Curtain, containment, brinksmanship, the Korean War, and the arms race between the two superpowers.
This lesson uses short readings, which focus on the Korean War and the Truman Administration on Containment Strategy. In addition, I use a Youtube clip from Dr. Suess’s, The Butter Battle. This lesson is great for setting up the Cold War in the 1960s as well as discussing the 1950s domestic America.
This zip file contains:
1950s Cold War Abroad PowerPoint Presentation
Post-WWII Policy Goals Worksheet
The Korean War Reading
Truman Administration Policy Reading
Truman Administration Policy Reading-Quiz
Instructions for the Lesson Plan