Students learn about a variety of Cold War events and people through the song We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel. This poster project on over 30 Cold War topics includes but is not limited to: JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Space Race, AIDS, Atomic Bomb, Eisenhower, Berlin Wall, Red China, Joe McCarthy, Stalin, Einstein, Disney, Sputnik, Castro, Cuba, Ho Chi Minh, Korean War, Palestine, Israel, Environmentalism, and Sally Ride.
Students listen to the song We Didn't Start the Fire and watch the music video if possible. After discussing it, the students pick a person/event from the song to be the topic of their poster project (I typically have them pick out of a hat).
The requirements for the poster are outlined very clearly on the handout, including written research, maps, images, cited sources, a quote, a timeline, and more. This absolutely requires library research days. This is a great opportunity for the students to teach each other about some of the things from 1950-1989 that as a class you might not have time to get to.
The file includes a brief explanation of the topics mentioned in the song. I cut those items into strips for the students to pick out of a hat.
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