I don't know about you, but when I was a rookie teacher, trying to teach about the Cold War, I was overwhelmed. There seemed to be so much material, and the text was not very helpful in my trying to contextualize the info.
So, after decades of teaching this topic, I decided to write my own description of the Cold War. Colleagues who have used this 9 sided document have found it to be extremely organized, clear, concise and user friendly. (You can hopefully sense this in the preview, which includes about 5% of the info) Interspersed with the info are political cartoons which the students will enjoy deciphering.
After being exposed to this info, your students will be much more able to understand complex Cold War topics such as Vietnam, Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear arms race, US and Soviet ideological differences and US - Soviet involvement all over the 3rd World world.
I was honored as the RI Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1997, one of many honors I've received for my teaching (See my profile).
Please rate this new product: as of June 2016. I'm offering it free to get some ratings on it.
You might want to access my "Philosophy of Communism" product, because students must understand Communism in order to understand the Cold War. I also have a power point about Lenin and Stalin. You can find both of these on my 21st Century Global Studies site on Teachers pay Teachers.
My most popular power points on the TpT site are on ISIS, Syria, Iraq and Terrorism.