This unit is designed to be an overview of the development of early Russia on through the modern era, and can be done over the course of 3-5 days/class periods. In the modern era, the focus is on the development of the Soviet Union, communism, and the Cold War. A mini case study is done during the Cold War section, comparing the ideologies of the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War and how both of them used propaganda as a tool to promote their political agendas. The unit includes three separate lectures with guided notes for each. Readings are included that provide students with the opportunity to read secondary and primary sources, including an analysis of JFK's "Moon Speech." Both readings were designed with annotated reading strategies and review questions included. For each lecture, there are review quizzes included. For the final assessment for the unit a Cold War Propaganda creative poster project is included that allows for students to demonstrate their understanding through a creative alternative assessment option.