Post-WWII Topics, RECENT WORLD HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 16-30/45 +Quizzes

Post-WWII Topics, RECENT WORLD HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 16-30/45 +Quizzes
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LESSON TITLES (16-30 of 45)
16. Vietnam War
17. End of the Cold War
18. Germany: Division and Unification
19. Persian Gulf War
20. European Union
21. Nelson Mandela
22. Nuclear Weapons
23. Terrorism/September 11
24. Human Rights
25. Environmental Issues
26. Overpopulation
27. Famine
28. People in the News
29. Key Terms
30. Research Topics


Detailed descriptions of these lessons are provided below, and two complete lessons with Teacher Instructions can be viewed in the PREVIEW.


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PRODUCT OVERVIEW
Supplement the textbook and eliminate prep time with these 15 ready-to-use reproducible recent world history lessons focusing on topics in the post-World War II era. Class members enjoy a wide variety of high-interest activities for individuals, small groups, or the entire class.

Your students will play an exciting class game that reviews events which led to the end of the Cold War, sharpen their critical thinking skills while learning about the importance of controlling the development and use of nuclear weapons, compete in a contest to understand how overpopulation can bring problems and issues for people and cultures, and much more.

Most lessons can be finished in 1-2 class periods and include 4-5 activity sheets. Every lesson includes easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions with TIME, OBJECTIVE, and DIRECTIONS and an answer key (where applicable). Many contain a 20-question follow-up quiz to measure student progress. The quizzes can also be given as homework assignments or review exercises later in the school year.

• reading comprehension
• vocabulary
• critical thinking/thought questions
• puzzles
• games
• contests
• illustrations
  and more...


LESSON 16: Vietnam War

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the causes, major events, and results of the Vietnam War.

TIME:
1 class period

The activity begins by reading with the class a brief introductory paragraph about the Vietnam War.

Students then work to complete a series of sentences on the lesson pages by filling in spaces with words, names, and terms. The sentences are arranged into the following sections pertaining to the Vietnam War:

• Background/Early Events
• The Fighting Escalates
• Final Years of the War
• Results of the War

A list of answer choices is provided prior to each section.

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 or used as a review exercise later in the school year.


LESSON 17. End of the Cold War

OBJECTIVE:
To review the events that led to the end of the tense relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.

TIME:
1 class period

SPECIAL NOTE:
This lesson includes one of the most popular and fun games I have written for my students. Expect excitement!

Students put the numbers 1 through 9 inside of nine small corner spaces on the Game 1 form on page 17C. They are instructed to scramble the numbers, not put them in order.

Play begins when the teacher announces a number between 1 and 9. Class members put this number in the box next to question 1. They then read question 1 and choose which of two underlined answers is correct. Once an answer is chosen, each student then finds the announced number on their game form and writes the answer in the large space next to it. Play continues in this way until five numbers have been announced and five answers have been filled in on the game form.

Following Game 1, papers are exchanged and correct answers read. Points are scored as follows: 10 points for each correct answer; 10-point bonus for three correct answers in a row –– either across, down, or diagonally. (Note: It is possible to earn two 10-point bonuses by having three right answers in a row in two different directions.)

Play continues in the same way for Games 2-4. Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.

Game 1: U.S.- Soviet Relations Improve in the Late 1980s
Game 2: Democracy Spreads in Eastern Europe
Game 3: Breakup of the Soviet Union
Game 4: Economic Changes in the Former Soviet Union

After all four games have been played, you can give each student a copy of page 17D to do as a quiz or homework assignment.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 18: Germany: Division and Unification

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the events that led to the unification of West Germany and East Germany after more than 40 years of division.

TIME:
1 class period

The lesson begins by reading with the class two introductory paragraphs about how most of Germany was in ruins after World War II, and divided into four zones occupied by Allied Powers.

Class members will then continue the activity by filling in missing words in a series of sentences arranged into the following sections:

• The Division of Germany
• West Germany
• East Germany
• The Unification of East and West Germany

The first and last letters of each answer are given as clues.

Activity Options:
This lesson can be turned into a fun contest between individual class members, or pairs, to see who can come up with the most correct answers by the end of the period. You can also present it as a game by dividing the class into two teams that will take turns trying to identify the correct answers as you read through the story with them.

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 or used as a review exercise.


LESSON 19: Persian Gulf War

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the causes, major events, and results of the Persian Gulf War.

TIME:
1 class period

This lesson includes four games based on the Tic-Tac-Toe concept. Each game includes a reading section with information students use to play the game.

Game 1: Background Events
Game 2: The World’s Reaction
Game 3: The Persian Gulf War Begins
Game 4: Results of the War

The class is divided into two teams. Game 1 begins when a player from Team 1 picks any number between 1 and 9 on the Game 1 form. The teacher then asks a question that students can answer using information from reading section 1 (Background Events). The first person on either team to raise their hand is called on. If they give the correct answer, their team gets the space –– “X” for Team 1 or “O” for Team 2. When an incorrect response is given, the other team can try the same question.

The two teams will take turns picking question numbers. When someone is called on, they must answer immediately or the teacher will go to the other team.

The first team with three correct answers in a row –– horizontally, vertically, or diagonally –– wins the game. If neither team has three consecutive right answers, the team with the most answers is the winner.

Once the four games are done, students can be given copies of the fifth and sixth lesson pages to do as a quiz or review exercise. These contain all of the questions used by the teacher during the games.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 20: European Union

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the purpose, organization, and workings of the European Union.

TIME:
1 class period

At the beginning of class, students read a story on the first two lesson pages about the European Union. Topics include:

• Beginnings
• Formation of the European Community
• Increasing Cooperation
• Formation of the European Union

Once they are finished reading, papers are collected and each student is given another version of the story with missing key words, names, and terms. Class members must try to fill in the spaces with the missing words, names, and terms that correctly complete the sentences. Correct answers can be chosen from a list that is provided.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 21: Nelson Mandela

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the life of Nelson Mandela and the times in which he lived in South Africa.

TIME:
1 class period

The lesson begins by reading a brief introductory paragraph about Nelson Mandela's efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.

Next, students participate in a contest during which they read through a series of paragraphs on the life of Nelson Mandela. While doing so, they must decide which choices in parentheses best complete the sentences. Class members with the most correct answers win the contest. Later in the period, students can exchange and correct papers. The people with the most correct answers win the contest.

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 or used as a review exercise later in the school year.


LESSON 22: Nuclear Weapons

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the importance of controlling the development and use of nuclear weapons.

TIME:
1 class period

The lesson includes three reading sections entitled:

• Earliest Nuclear Weapons
• Nuclear Weapons and the Cold War
• Control of Nuclear Weapons

Each section is followed by five True/False questions and two Thought Questions, all of which are based on information from the reading. The Thought Questions require brief written answers (40-60 words) and help students develop critical thinking skills.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 23: Terrorism/September 11

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the activities of terrorists and the events and aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

TIME:
1 class period

The activity begins by giving students time to underline or highlight key words, names, terms, and ideas in the reading selection on pages 23A - 23C. This starts off with general information about terrorism, such as what it is, why some people commit these violent acts, common targets, and so on.

The reading then continues while covering the following topics:

September 11
• The World Trade Center
• The Pentagon
• Pennsylvania

The Aftermath
• Increased National Security
• War on Terrorism
• Weakened U.S. Economy
• Moving Forward

Once class members have completed the reading, each student is given a copy of pages 23D and 23E. These contain a crossword activity that can be done by individuals or pairs. All 42 answers on the crossword are found in the reading selection.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 24: Human Rights

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with basic human rights which have been identified by the United Nations, as well as two groups who have had these rights denied to them since the end of World War II.

TIME:
2 class periods

The lesson begins by reading with the class a brief introductory paragraph about the creation of the Commission on Human Rights by the United Nations. Students then read through the commission's Universal Declaration of Human Rights (included on the first four lesson pages) and will underline or highlight each human right that it mentions.

Next, class members are given a copy of the fifth lesson page, which contains a series of key sentences and phrases from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Students work to fill in the missing words and can use the document on the preceding pages, if necessary.

To conclude the activity, students read about two groups -- blacks in South Africa and the Kurds -- that continued to have their human rights violated despite the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For each one, class members are asked to list 3 rights or freedoms mentioned in the UN document which were denied to these people.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 25: Environmental Issues

OBJECTIVE:
To understand how human activities have created a variety of environmental problems.

TIME:
1 class period

Students begin the lesson reading about ways human actions have caused environmental problems, such as acid rain, deforestation, desertification, air pollution, and water pollution. They are advised to underline or highlight the most important words, names, terms and ideas.

Once everyone has finished the reading, it is time to play Jeopardy! The class is divided into two teams. Questions on the last lesson page are used to conduct the game. Only the teacher has a copy of these pages. Categories are ACID RAIN, DEFORESTATION, DESERTIFICATION, AIR POLLUTION, and WATER POLLUTION. Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.

When the game ends, you can give each class member a copy of the last lesson page to do as a quiz or review exercise.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 26: Overpopulation

OBJECTIVE:
To understand how overpopulation can bring about problems and issues for people and cultures.

TIME:
1 class period

Contest
Students begin the lesson with a contest to complete as many sentences pertaining to overpopulation as possible by filling in the appropriate words, names, and terms. Each of the 16 statements includes a set of parenthesis with two answer choices. Correct answers are worth 4, 6, 7, or 8 points. A perfect score is 100. You can set a time limit and have class members exchange papers afterwards to determine who has scored the most points. I usually tell my students that the people with the top five scores are the winners.

Critical Thinking
After the contest, there are three Thought Questions relating to overpopulation that help develop critical thinking skills. Each contains a short description of something to do with overpopulation, along with a question for which students give written answers of 40-60 words.

EXAMPLE:
For thousands of years, birth rates were high. However, the population increased slowly and sometimes declined because death rates also were high. Then, advances in agriculture, communication, and transportation caused the death rate to drop, and the population grew rapidly.

Question:
Why do you think that advances in agriculture, communication, and transportation have brought about a lower death rate and a rapid rise in the population in recent years? (40-60 words)


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 or used as a review exercise later in the school year.


LESSON 27: Famine

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the causes and effects of famine and the efforts being made to help victims worldwide.

TIME:
1 class period

The activity begins by going over a brief introductory paragraph with the class about what famine is, and its causes and effects.

Class members then continue reading more in-depth information on the causes and effects of famine while filling in missing words, names, and terms. All answers are hidden in word search puzzles within the reading. Students can begin with Puzzle 1, which contains the words, names, and terms needed to complete the first section.

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 or used as a review exercise later in the school year.


LESSON 28: People in the News

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the impact that various individuals had on historical events of the post-World War II era.

TIME:
1 class period

Class members begin Part 1 of the lesson by reading about twelve individuals, or "newsmakers," who made headlines during the post-World War II era. A short summary is given for each person, and students are instructed to underline or highlight the most important words, names, terms, and ideas in the descriptions.

Afterwards, everyone turns their papers face down under their desks and participate in Contest 1. The 12 people they just read about are shown in a list, and 8 of them are described on the contest form. Students must identify these people by writing their names in the spaces provided. Correct answers are worth either 5, 10, 15, or 20 points. A perfect score is 100.

Once winners are determined, the activity continues in the same way with newsmakers 13-24 and Contest 2.

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 or used as a review exercise later in the school year.


LESSON 29: Key Terms

OBJECTIVE:
To review important terms associated with the post-World War II era.

TIME:
1 class period

The first four pages of this lesson contain definitions of numerous key terms related to world history following WWII. Students are instructed to underline or highlight any words that are particularly important within each definition. Some of the key terms are listed below.

• apartheid
• Cold War
• communism
• Cultural Revolution
• democracy
• dictatorship
• economic sanctions
• fundamentalism
• glasnost
• Green Revolution
• nonalignment
• perestroika
• urbanization
• westernization
and many more...

Once students have had time to study the key terms, everyone is given a copy of the fifth lesson page, which includes a Word Challenge. Several series of words are shown that, when rearranged in correct order, describe a key term defined on the preceding pages. Class members must identify the term and rewrite the scrambled words in the exact order given in the definition. They can look for answers in the list.

EXAMPLE:
(1) of areas people the rural cities movement from to
___________: _______________________________________
Answer:
urbanization: the movement of people from rural areas to cities

As the teacher, you can decide whether to make this exercise an assignment for individuals or pairs of students, a contest, or a team game.

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 or used as a review exercise later in the school year.


LESSON 30: Research Topics

OBJECTIVE:
To study in depth a topic related to the history and development of world nations and regions.

TIME:
You can decide how much class time will be given to this activity.

A list with 48 research topics pertaining to the post-World War II era in world history is given. As the teacher, you can determine the way these topics will be assigned. Announce to the class the number of sources they should use when doing their research, the length of the report, and any other requirements you have for completing the paper.

Teacher Instructions included.
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