This is a complete set of materials for a unit on Post-WWII Communism and the Cold War. It's a great unit that summarizes the rise of the nuclear powers after World War II, analyzes the Truman and Eisenhower doctrines, and takes students through the tensions that led to the Korean War, the arms race, and more.
Throughout this unit, students will also engage in several deep reading exercises, designed to further their reading comprehension skills as they analyze several primary source documents related to the subject material.
Included in this unit plan are the following materials:
- A newspaper-styled note-taking packet that gives students a graphically-pleasing way to organize their notes throughout the entirety of the unit. This also serves as a worksheet for several in-class activities.
- A simple PowerPoint slideshow that corresponds with the note-taking packet. This is fully editable by you, so you can change or expand it as you wish.
- A primary source document on the Eisenhower Doctrine, complete with reading questions.
- A primary source document on the Truman Doctrine, complete with reading questions.
- A source document on the creation of NASA, complete with reading questions.
- A worksheet that utilizes two separate primary sources to look at the fundamental differences between Capitalism and Communism.
- A final test (matching, multiple choice, and short answer) that covers the material listed in the PowerPoint, source documents, and note-taking packet. This is fully editable by you, to change and modify as you wish.
All of these files are packaged in a .zip folder and are ready for you to use for your next unit! These materials worked very well in my U.S. History class, and I hope they save you a great deal of time.