Post-WWII to 1980s, RECENT WORLD HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 1-15/45 +Quizzes

Post-WWII to 1980s, RECENT WORLD HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 1-15/45 +Quizzes
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LESSON TITLES (1-15 of 45)
  1. The Postwar World
  2. Europe After World War II
  3. North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  4. United States and the Middle East
  5. Recovery and Change in Japan
  6. Korean War
  7. Mao Zedong
  8. China and the West
  9. Events in the Western Hemisphere
10. Cuba Under Fidel Castro
11. Cuban Missile Crisis
12. United Nations in Action
13. World Organizations and Agencies
14. Seventies and Eighties
15. Current Events


Detailed descriptions of these lessons are provided below.


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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 important events and developments of 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 complete a map exercise pertaining to Europe after World War II, compete in a fun United Nations JEOPARDY game, develop their critical thinking skills while reviewing events of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 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, along with an answer key and 20-question follow-up quiz, where applicable. The quizzes can be used to measure student progress or as homework assignments.

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


LESSON 1: The Postwar World

OBJECTIVE:
To summarize important events which occurred during the 25-year period following World War II.

TIME:
1 class period

Many events that occurred during the 25-year period following the end of World War II in 1945 are described on the lesson pages. These events are arranged into the following categories.

• United Nations Established (1945)
• Chinese Civil War (1945-1949)
• Beginning of the Cold War (1945)
• Advances in Electronics (1946)
• Israel Created/First Arab-Israeli War (1948)
• Korean War (1950-1953)
• Sputnik and the Space Race (1957)
• Common Market Forms in Europe (1957)
• Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba (1961)
• Berlin Wall Erected (1961)
• Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
• Cultural Revolution in China
• Six Days’ War in the Middle East (1967)
• Prague Spring Movement in Czechoslovakia (1968)

As class members read through the sentences, they must fill in missing words, names, and terms. One or more letters in each answer are given as clues.

Students can be given the option of working individually or with one other student.

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 2. Europe After World War II

OBJECTIVE:
To review the major events in Europe during the years immediately following World War II.

TIME:
1 class period

Each class member is given a copy of pages 2A-2E. Pages 2D and 2E are joined together to form a 2-page map, along with a timeline.

The lesson contains a series of short reading sections, each of which is followed by directions for completing the map exercise and/or timeline. The reading sections are entitled:

• The Allies Make Plans for Peace
• Beginning of the Cold War
• The Iron Curtain
• Truman Doctrine
• Marshall Plan
• Berlin Airlift
• North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Warsaw Pact

Students can work on the map exercise during the period. Provide each class member with two colored pencils, if available.

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 3: North Atlantic Treaty Organization

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the purpose, organization, and history of the North American Treaty Organization.

TIME:
1 class period

Students begin by reading several paragraphs on lesson pages 3A and 3B about the following topics as they pertain to NATO.

• Purpose
• Organization
• History

Class members are instructed to underline or highlight key words, names, terms, and ideas while reading. Afterwards, the pages are collected by the teacher.

Each student is then given a copy of lesson pages 3C and 3D with the same information about NATO, except this version excludes many key words, names, and terms. Students must try to fill in the spaces with the appropriate words, names, and terms that correctly complete the sentences. Answers can be selected from a list that is provided.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 4: United States and the Middle East

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the role played by the United States in events in the Middle East during the post-World War II era.

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 4C. 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 about the Middle East and choose which of the 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.

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 5: Recovery and Change in Japan

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with events in Japan during the years following World War II.

TIME:
1 class period

Students begin this activity by reading a story about events in Japan during the years following World War II. Topics include:

• Surrender of Japan
• Allied Military Occupation
• Postwar Boom

Afterwards, the class is divided into five teams that compete against each other in a fun and unique game which reviews the story.

When a question is asked by the teacher, the first person to raise their hand is called on. If their answer is correct, all class members print the name or term along the top row of spaces for the team giving the right answer. For example, if the answer was “warships,” spaces 1 through 8 would be filled with one letter each. You can see how the game forms look in the third thumbnail/preview image.

The team that fills its 54 spaces first wins the game. If no team can do this by the end of the period, then the team with the most spaces filled wins the game.

Students can look back at the at the reading section during the game to help them find answers.

The questions used to conduct the game are provided on the last two lesson pages, which only the teacher has during the game. When the game ends, you can give each student a copy of these pages to do as a quiz or review exercise.

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 6: Korean War

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the causes and major events of the Korean War.

TIME:
1 class period

This is a simple but informative activity in which students read through a series of 30 sentences describing the causes, major events, and results of the Korean War. While doing so, they must fill in missing words, names, and terms that best complete the statements. A list of answer choices is provided.

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 7: Mao Zedong

OBJECTIVE:
To analyze the influence of Mao Zedong on the historical, cultural, and economic development of China.

TIME:
1 class period

Four fun PASSWORD games are played using information about Mao Zedong given on the lesson pages. Before Game 1 begins, the class reads the first four paragraphs in the "Game 1: Early Years" section. Students can also look back at this information during the playing of the game.

One student is chosen to keep score on the board. The remainder of the class is divided into two teams. A volunteer from each team is picked to give clues to their teammates. These “captains” will stand on each side of the teacher’s desk. The teacher points to a word, name, or term in paragraphs 1-4. Only the two captains can see the answer. Team members will try to guess the word, name, or term.

Play begins when the captain of Team 1 gives a clue. Teammates who think they know the answer should raise their hand. The captain will call on one person. If their answer is correct, Team 1 gets 10 points. If the answer is incorrect, the captain of Team 2 gives a clue. A correct answer is now worth only 9 points. Each time a wrong answer is given, the other side takes its turn, with the point value one less than before. Students write down the clues on a game form on the third lesson page as they are given during the game.

Complete game rules provided on the lesson pages.

• Game 1: Early Years
• Game 2: World War II/Civil War
• Game 3: Mao’s Leadership
• Game 4: Later Years

SPECIAL NOTE:
Of all the activities I have written for my students, PASSWORD games are among their favorites.

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 8: China and the West

OBJECTIVE:
To review the events beginning in the early 1970s which led to improved relations between the People’s Republic of China and the U.S. and other Western nations.

TIME:
1 class period

The lesson begins by going over a brief introductory paragraph with the class. Students then read through a series of 21 sentences reviewing events starting in the early 1970s that led to improved relations between China and the west. While doing so, class members must unscramble letters to form a key words, names, and terms.

Sections include:

• Relations Improve with the West
• Deng Xiaoping
• Hong Kong
• Tiananmen Square

Students can be given the choice of working individually or with a partner.

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 9: Events in the Western Hemisphere

OBJECTIVE:
To study the relationship between the United States and neighboring countries during the second half of the 20th century.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students read through three sections entitled "Canada," "The United States and Latin America," and "Latin America Today" by finding and circling key words, names, and terms in three fun word search puzzles. These words, names, and terms are then used to complete sentences about the United States and its neighbors.

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 10: Cuba Under Fidel Castro

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the extent to which Fidel Castro influenced the history, politics, economy, and way of life in Cuba.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students begin by reading background information in sections 1-4:

1. The Castro Revolution
2. The New Government
3. Bay of Pigs Invasion
4. Cuban Missile Crisis

As they are reading, have them underline or highlight the most important words, names, terms, and ideas. When they are finished reading, give each class member the question sheet for Contest 1 (page 10D).

In Contest 1, students compete to answer as many questions as possible by filling in the missing words, names, and terms. Each correct answer is worth either 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 points depending on the difficulty of the question. A perfect score is 100.

After Contest 1 ends and winners are determined, have students read sections 5-6:

5. Social Programs
6. Foreign Relations

Contest 2 then follows and is played in the same way as Contest 1.

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


LESSON 11: Cuban Missile Crisis

OBJECTIVE:
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.

TIME:
30 minutes

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.


LESSON 12: United Nations in Action

OBJECTIVE:
To understand how the United Nations works for peace and security.

TIME:
2 class periods

The activity begins by reading with the class a section entitled Working for Peace and Security, which discusses ways the UN attempts to resolve various conflicts and civil wars.

Next, students will underline or highlight key words, names, terms, and ideas while reading a section about five key events (listed below) in UN history. Four questions requiring brief written answers (30-50 words) are interspersed within the reading section.

1: Arab-Israeli Conflict
2: Korean War
3: South Africa
4: Persian Gulf War
5: Somalia

Once the reading and questions are completed, you can discuss student responses to the questions.

At the beginning of the second class period, it is time to play JEOPARDY! The class divided into two teams to compete against each other. Questions asked during the game are based on facts given in the reading. Questions on the last lesson page (which only the teacher has a copy of during the game) are used to conduct the game. Afterwards, you can then give each student a copy of this page to do as a quiz or review exercise.

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


LESSON 13: World Organizations and Agencies

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the role of international organizations and agencies in dealing with problems and issues facing various world nations.

TIME:
1 class period

This lesson includes a game for the entire class.

After reading an introductory paragraph about the types of issues world organizations and agencies deal with, students are divided into two teams. Play begins when a volunteer from Team 1 chooses any one of ten organizations and agencies listed on the lesson pages, giving its letter and name.

A. Food and Agriculture Organization
B. International Atomic Energy Agency
C. Amnesty International
D. World Bank
E. International Court of Justice
F. Red Cross
G. World Health Organization
H. International Monetary Fund
I. Interpol
J. Greenpeace

If, for example, “B. International Atomic Energy Agency” is selected, Team 1 can earn points by correctly identifying missing words, names, and terms in that section. Each answer is worth 10 points.

The first or last letter of each answer (five in each section) has been filled in as a clue. The same person cannot give more than one of the five answers for an organization or agency. Also, team members cannot talk over possible answers. When a team fails to identify a missing word, name, or term, the teacher will give the correct answer.

Play continues in the same way with Team 2 choosing an organization or agency. Teams alternate turns during the remainder of the 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 14: Seventies and Eighties

OBJECTIVE:
To summarize major world events of the 1970s and 1980s.

TIME:
1 class period

This lesson contains two crossword puzzles that can be done by individuals, students working in pairs, or the entire class in team competition.

Major world events during the 1970s and 1980s are summarized on the activity sheets. Each event contains a missing word, name, or term that can also be found on the crossword puzzle.

Crossword Puzzle 1 is based on important events that took place in the 1970s. Students work to complete this puzzle by reading information in statements 1-17, and by looking at letters already filled in on the puzzle as clues.

• Detente (1970s)
• Communist China becomes a United Nations member (1971)
• Massacre at the Munich Olympics (1972)
• Arab-Israeli war (1973)
• Resignation of President Richard M. Nixon (1974)
• End of the Vietnam War (1975)
• Camp David Accords (1978)
• Normalized relations between the United States and China (1978)
• Iranian Revolution (1979)

Crossword Puzzle 2 is about world events of the 1980s.

• The Solidarity movement in Poland (1980-1989)
• Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)
• President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt assassinated (1981)
• Argentina Invades British-held Falkland Islands (1981)
• Terrorists attack peacekeeping forces in Lebanon (1983)
• United States invades Grenada (1983)
• Two tragic events in India (1984)
• Dictators ousted from power (1986)
• Missile treaty (1987)
• Crackdown in China (1989)
• The Iron Curtain falls (1989)

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 15: Current Events

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with some of the leading national and international news stories.

TIME:
No specific amount of time.

In this lesson, class members are directed to look through newspaper articles about major national and international events and developments. A list of topics that the stories should relate to, such as a world organization or agency, the environment, health and medicine, world problems, and several more, is given. Students may also use articles not related to the list of topics if approved by the teacher.

For each news story selected (I have my kids select five and have designed this lesson for that number), students read the article in its entirety and summarize the main points. Spaces are provided on the lesson pages for the summaries to be written, along with the headline and date of each article.

This lesson can be used at any time and as often as you want through the school year. When using it, you can tell the students how many days they have to do the news stories.

Teacher Instructions included.
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