Engage your students in one of America's most heated debates: whether or not communism served as a threat within the United States during the Second Red Scare. With this great lesson, student pairs analyze speeches made in support and opposition to McCarthyism. Working together, arguments are pulled out of the scaffolded primary sources and shared with an opposing pair reading an opposite perspective. To conclude the activity, students get to make their own choice about what served as the greatest threat to America: McCarthyism or communist infiltration.
Lesson plan includes outline for teacher, connections to Common Core standards, a scaffolded handout to record arguments on, and four primary sources that have been excerpted with line numbers added.