Heroes or Traitors? Spies of the Cold War

Heroes or Traitors? Spies of the Cold War
Heroes or Traitors? Spies of the Cold War
Heroes or Traitors? Spies of the Cold War
Heroes or Traitors? Spies of the Cold War
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A worksheet with a graphic organizer where students judge the evidence and actions in four high profile spy (or at least accused) cases and determine whether or not they are deemed heroes or traitors during the famous "Red Scare" years. Students must get the info from their text or online and apply it to the sheet. In addition, they will give background on each of the accused and provide reasoning for their stance. My students labeled some of them relatively unanimous (such as Francis Gary Powers, a patriotic pilot doing his duty for the USA), where other lawbreakers were judged in a mixed fashion (such as the Hollywood 10- pretty controversial witch hunt). It's not necessary, but it's worth doing a little side work on your own to get a deeper understanding of how these individuals were actually received in the 1950s and 60s. I really like this activity as a way to talk about rights of the accused, circumstantial evidence, protection of unpopular ideas, and how our viewpoints change over time. Took my Juniors about 30-40 minutes.
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