Just how close did the U.S. and Russia (U.S.S.R.) come to nuclear war? This is a difficult concept for students to truly grasp and appreciate. This simulation aims to allow students to gain a full understanding of the Cuban Missile Crisis and just how close nuclear annihilation was.
The assignment is designed in the genre of a choose your own adventure book, allowing a student to choose which leader they will play as throughout the simulation. The student will then have to make the decisions as if they are that leader, hopefully reaching a solution that does not destroy mankind.
Afterward, students will reflect on what they learned as they answer critical thinking questions.