To understand U.S. foreign policy in Europe during the years immediately following World War II.
1 class period
My kids really like this information-filled map exercise. I provide them with colored pencils to make it even more enjoyable. Students also fill in important events after World War II on a timeline during this activity.
Begin the lesson by giving each class member a copy of pages 78A-78E. Have them tape pages 78D and 78E together to form a 2-page map showing Europe after World War II.
Class members read the first section entitled The Allies Make Plans for Peace, then complete the mapwork/timeline instructions that follow.
The lesson continues in the same way with other sections 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
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.