This assignment includes a brief overview of the beginning of the Cold War. I developed this activity as a follow up to use the day after I lectured on the beginning of the Cold War. The article is from edsitement.gov and is less than a page in length. The activity can be differentiated for independent, group, or class level instruction. In some classes I will model reading and read the article aloud and in others classes with stronger readers I will have the students work individually or in pairs. I have them close read the article and organize the information through a visual representations/ graph of their own design.