To understand how events in Cuba brought the United States and Soviet Union closer to war than at any other time during the Cold War.
The lesson begins by reading with the class a few introductory paragraphs that describe how the Cuban Missile Crisis originated.
Students will then read through a chronology of events that occurred on the following dates:
• Tuesday, October 16, 1962
• Monday, October 22
• Tuesday, October 23
• Wednesday, October 24
• Thursday, October 25
• Friday, October 26
• Sunday, October 28
After reading and learning about events during the Cuban Missile Crisis, class members answer three Thought Questions that require brief written answers of 40-60 words. This helps develop critical thinking skills. Responses can be discussed later in the period.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.