Cold War

Cold War 

Cold War Survey 


 The Onion Explains how todays current events are connected to the past and cold war issues:


From Jen Martin cold war and beyond - this one could be good with foreign policy or current events given the situation between North and South Korea and the possibility of it going nuclear 



Unit Essential Questions

Big idea: As former allies become enemies, what policies, relationships, and fears did it create worldwide? 

Did the dropping of the nuclear bomb divide the allies? Rosenberg espionage case

(MAD) Mutual Assured Destruction 



Slide show on the Origins of the Cold War 

Cold War slides



What is the Cold War?  In your words

1. Soviet side

2. U.S. side

What is the Cold War now in your own words?


Purpose Statement

What are we doing? “We are looking at the influence of the Cold War on Post WWII world.”
Why are we doing it? “The geography, politics, ideologies and conflicts of today are rooted in the Cold War.”

Unit Focus


Unit Resources

cold war ppt for notes


The Cold war interactive timeline Look at the timeline and information. Take the quiz at the end.


B.R.A.C.E. Yourselves for the Cold War!!! Use the acronym BRACE to remember each part of the unit

B - Border changes after WWII and at the end of the Cold War
R - Racing against the Soviet Union to create new technology (space & military mainly)
A - Alliances forming of the US and its allies (NATO) and the Soviet Union and its allies (Warsaw Pact) 
C - Containment of Communism aka not allowing communism to spread to other countries
E - East and West become a new way to separate ideology and politics of different parts of the world


Lesson 1: Introduction to the Cold War

Cold War -John Greene video or Mr. Hughes will point out Cold War Era. Almost Immediately after WWII until 1990 the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia were engaged in a conflict over ideological differences and influence in the world. 

Differences US & Soviets interactive Link showing the two sides of the Cold War.


Mr. Hughes introduces the Cold War (11:26):



We will start our unit on the Cold War by discussing what pitted the US against the USSR after WWII. Afterall, weren't the US and USSR allies in 1945 when the war ended?

To understand the issues that caused the Cold War we have to understand the term ideology. 

Ideology  refers to a a system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy
The United States
  • Democratic
  • Free Market Capitalism
  • Free Speech
  • Freedom of the press

The Soviet Union
  • Totalitarian 
  • Government controlled Communism
  • Government controlled censorship 
  • Government owns and controls the media

Activity: Frayer Model What is the Cold War and what is not the Cold War?

What is the cold war and graphic organizer.docx

What is the cold war and graphic organizer2.docx- Has text boxes


Resources for Ideological Differences:

Communism vs Capitalism: Economy 1 

Communism vs Capitalism: Economy 2

Communism vs Capitalism 3


Democracy vs Dictatorship 1

Democracy vs Dictatorship 2

Democracy vs Dictatorship 3


Freedom vs Human Rights 1

Freedom vs Human Rights 2

Freedom vs Human Rights 3


Controlled vs Free Market 1

Controlled vs Free Market 2

Controlled vs Free Market 3


Equality vs Class 0

Equality vs Class 1

Equality vs Class 2

Equality vs Class 3


Censorship vs Free-Press 1

Censorship vs Free-Press 2

Censorship vs Free-Press 3


lesson 2: The World Divided: East vs West

Borders, Races, Alliances, Containment, East vs. West

After WWII peace was not exactly what the Allies thought it was going to be. Almost immediately after the war tensions in Europe were on the rise over issues like:

After two post-war conferences - the Yalta Conference and the Potsdam Conference -  it was clear that Soviet Russia and their former allies The United States and Great Britain did not see eye to eye on the future of Europe. A few issues were at the center of focus


The division of Germany

The US, France, Great Britain and Soviet Union agreed that Germany would be divided into 4 regions.
  • Each power could take reparations from the area if they wished
  • Russia was also given the right to take 10% of the industrial equipment from the western zones
  • The US, France and Great Britain focused on rebuilding Germany and fostering a democratic and capitalist ally in Europe
  • Russia focused on punishing Germany and making sure Germany could not become a threat

The Iron Curtain

East vs West
The Iron Curtain divided Europe and Asia into Eastern and Western Spheres. 
East - Pink Color - the the right of the line
  • Supported by Soviet Russia
  • Communist ideology

West - Blue in color - to the left of the line
  • Supported by the United States and Great Britain
  • Democratic ideology
  • Capitalist economies

Explore the interactive map to learn more about the relationships of Eastern and Western countries. Select two countries from the West and two countries from the East. For each country, find out what style of government the country had, who the country was friends with and if the country still shares the same characteristics and relationships. 

Activity East West Graphic Organizer

Yalta and Potsdam.docx

Maps and Graphic Organizer: 


Lesson 3 Cold War Heats up or Gets Hot

Borders,  Races, Alliances, Containment, East vs. West


Korean War Cold War gets hot over Korea


Berlin Crisis, Berlin Blockade, Berlin Airlift

Notes on the Berlin Blockade  This day in history the wall went up


Bay of Pigs Invasion Reading and video


Cuban Missile Crisis Brinkmanship of the crisis Simulation of the 13 days of the crisis.


Vietnam War Reading and video.


Cold War Jig Saw Activity.doc  Jig saw the cold war conflicts above and share with the class. Jigsaw presentation class 1 Jigsaw presentation class 2 Jigsaw presentation class 3





Lesson 4              Fallout                          "What Americans Fear"                       At the Home front

Unit Essential Questions

Big idea: As former allies become enemies, what policies, relationships, and fears did it create worldwide? 


Question: What is the cold war rhetoric about other countries and their tactics that we fear?

What is the fear that really scared Americans at the movie theater. "JAWS" kept us out of the water!!! Piranha too. 


Watch the Videos and takes notes on the "Fear" Comparison Chart 1984 "Red Dawn" VS. 2012 Remake "Red Dawn"


 What is happening? What happened?  


                          1984 "Red Dawn" trailer                         


                           Tactic of invasion by Soviets in Red Dawn. 3 min. What happened.

Double Entry Diary on World War III.


2012 trailer "Red Dawn"






Total Annihilation or "MAD" Mutual Assured Response 

How well do you think the U.S. will do?




                                             "Fallout" 15 min video to public on Radiation from Nuclear war  



After Cuban Missile Crisis the effect was fallout shelters. Neenah family find fully stocked fallout shelter in back yard. u.s propaganda film Bert the Turtle, "Duck and Cover"


Reading on worldwide effects of nuclear fallout  

Capt Dave's survival guide for nuclear war



 Quick Write: Do most Americans think they can survive a nuclear war? Statement, Evidence, Evidence, Evidence, Conclusion. what a blast looks like 


Lesson 5          Propaganda                    NATO   v.s.   WARSAW PACT

We will look at the mission statement of each alliance and how their goals fueled the cold war.

Unit Essential Questions

Cold War AlliancesPictureStudy the map to the right to figure out what countries joined each alliance. What do you notice?

Background: As the Soviet Union pushed to support communist governments and the United States kept true to the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan military alliances took form.

Why did the alliances form?
Do they still exist today?

NATO Today
Do you notice anything ironic about some of the countries that have joined NATO recently - especially since 1990?

Picture Picture



Unit Big idea: As former allies become enemies, what policies, relationships, and fears did it create worldwide? 

Definition of Propaganda- Ideas, information, or other material disseminated to win people over to a given doctrine.

Intro video Declassified anti-German video from occupied Germany after WWII to U.S. troops. 10 min. 


Who are NATO countries and what are their objectives? Who are the Warsaw Pact countries and what are their objectives?

We will at the mission statement of each alliance and how their goals fueled the cold war.


          Cold War Enemies:  NATO Chart              Cold War Enemies:  Warsaw Pact Chart                               


Center Example 1: NATO

Who are NATO countries and what are their objectives? NATO site with member countries and objectives

NATO- notes about NATO Link on "What is NATO" below


Link on "What is NATO" below What is NATO?


Center Example 2: Warsaw Pact

Who is the Warsaw Pact countries and their objectives? short description of the Warsaw Pact. Soviet propaganda film 5 min. see how Soviets portray the Americans and Germans after the war?


Center Example 3:  Readings and video supporting NATO Propaganda against Warsaw Pact countries   Article on U.S. propaganda  2012 U.S. /Russia normalize cold war trade

Share your message of propaganda with the class when done..  Are you a commie? How to be a good citizen of the U.S. 10 min. lecture.


Center Example 4: Readings and video supporting Warsaw Pact propaganda against NATO countries. warsaw pact cartoons. warsaw pact propaganda.  soviet Propaganda video 28 sec.  Russia is leading the way. WWII soviet film on communism leading the way to victory and peace. 10 min.


 Exit: Can you give examples of cold war propaganda on both sides of the cold war? We looked at the mission statement of each alliance and how their goals fueled the cold war.

Quick Quiz on Cold War.docx  



The two super powers compete in races for supremacy as the Cold War  moves on.

What were the races about?

Cold war museum Space race  Arms race

Three As on Races in Cold war.docx  Complete the chart on the three A's of the



Activity 6        The Red Scare 2          The Hollywood Ten                   The Cold War comes to Hollywood in the 1950's


Statement: Hollywood sympathized with communists to spread their doctrine of oppression through movies, writing, and entertainment according to the government. Do you agree or disagree? Give evidence.

Red Scare. HUAC, Loyalty Oaths, McCarthyism 10 min Mr. Hughes on McCarthyism 3:50 Hollywood accused of communism 15 min. documentary of Hollywood 10  On this day red scare came to Hollywood         Communism v Capitalism Worksheet.pdf Google doc 1 Google doc 2 Google doc 3

Exit: What message comes from Hollywood today?

Make a top 10 list of the messages you think come out of Hollywood now that the Cold War is over?

Top Ten List template.docx Place your answers on this list.




Final Assessment for Cold War 

Question: Is Cuba a threat to U.S. freedom and safety or is resistance to accept them lingering Cold War payback by some U.S politicians?

      -Look at the Cold War and its incidents. 

      -See how countries develop and change?

     - Think about how a war can be hot or cold?

Big idea: As former enemies become allies, what policies, relationships, and fears will it create in this country or worldwide? 4:00 Why do we hate Cuba? 2:32 Obama to remove Cuba from terror list.


Read the article

Write a paragraph answering the question above. Statement about cold war and Cuba, evidence, evidence, evidence, evidence, final conclusion on Cold War.


GOP Blasts Obama’s Cuba Decision: ‘Befriending Our Enemies’


Look at the Cold War, its incidents, and whether we should hold it against Cuba. 


1 point for not there yet but close

2 points demonstrates understanding of cold war philosophy 

See how countries develop and change and if Cuba has or not


1 point for not there yet 2 points demonstrates cold war issues

Think about how a war can be hot or cold and if it applies to Cuba?

1 point for not there yet 2 points demonstrates what a cold war is.



Summative Assessment


Students will...




Thinking Like a Historian





Summative assessment: Is a Cold War still going on today? An article analysis