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The Cold War Lesson Plan. United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity

The Cold War Lesson Plan.  United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity
The Cold War Lesson Plan.  United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity
The Cold War Lesson Plan.  United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity
The Cold War Lesson Plan.  United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity
The Cold War Lesson Plan.  United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity
The Cold War Lesson Plan.  United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity
The Cold War Lesson Plan.  United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity
The Cold War Lesson Plan.  United States versus Soviet Union Debate Activity
Product Description
This lesson plan has the students take on the role of either the United States or the Soviet Union during the Cold War. A brief powerpoint sets up the lesson and gives instructions. Then students are divided into 6 teams. 3 teams will argue for the US and 3 teams will argue for the Soviets.

There are 3 articles that will be used. Each is between 1 - 1.5 pages. A team from each side is assigned one of the articles to read and use to prepare their debate arguments with.

The article topics are:
1. Communism vs Capitalism
2. Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan
3. The Space Race

The students are given about 45 - 55 minutes to read their article, write down a speech outlining why their side of the Cold War is superior, draw a poster on butcher paper (optional) to visually illustrate their main arguments, and to prepare a few question to ask the team they are paired off against.

Afterwards, the students present their arguments and question their opponents. While the presentations are going, students are given a chart with questions about each topic. They are to answer these questions during the debates. The chart serves as their notes for this lesson. An answer key is included for the teacher to use to go over with the class once the debates are done.

The articles cover these specific topics:

1. Communism vs Capitalism
a. How the Soviet economy worked.
b. The successes and rapid growth the Soviet Union experiences under Joseph Stalin.
c. Why the Soviet economy eventually stagnated and became inefficient.
d. Communism's lack of a profit and loss system.
e. The Soviet Union's shortages of consumer goods.

2. The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan
a. How the Soviet Union's take-over of Eastern Europe and the Greek Civil War led to American fears of the spread of Communism and the Truman Doctrine.
b. Why Europe's economy was devastated.
c. Why the Marshall Plan was needed to help prevent the spread of Communism
d. Why Eastern Europe did not benefit from the Marshall Plan

3. The Space Race
a. Why the US and Soviets engaged in the space race.
b. The military and propaganda applications of the space race.
c. Soviet achievements during the space race.
d. US achievements during the space race.

For Texas teachers, this lesson addresses the following TEKs:

WH13 History. The student understands the impact of major events associated with the Cold War and independence movements. The student is expected to:
(A) summarize how the outcome of World War II contributed to the development of the Cold War

WH18 Economics. The student understands the historical origins of contemporary economic systems and the benefits of free enterprise in world history. The student is expected to:
(E) explain why communist command economies collapsed in competition with free market economies at the end of the 20th century

- Dan Nguyen


Total Pages
5 slide powerpoint. 3 articles - each article is about 1.5 pages. 2 page chart.
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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