Cold War
Big Idea: Fear

American Superpower Assignment:

The student explains why the United States emerged as a superpower as the result of World War II.

Wordle: United States Superpower Cold War
What is a superpower?
Statistics about the world
Take a look at this graph over 200 years that changed the world and think about events such as the Great Depression and World War II.
What happened?Gapminder
- Look at the presentation, link(s) and word cloud above over superpowers.
- Answer the following questions in a Google Doc:
1) What are the characteristics of a superpower?
2) Why was the U.S. considered a superpower after World War II?
3) Is the U.S. still a superpower today?
4) How is the U.S. similar and different in regards to its status as a superpower now versus after World War II?
- These will be graded using the Ideas and Content rubric and will be worth five points each.

Origins of the Cold War Project (Assessment Grade):

▲The student analyzes the origins of the Cold War (e.g., establishment of the Soviet Bloc, Mao’s victory in China, Marshall Plan, Berlin Blockade, Iron Curtain).

Origins of the Cold War

- Look at the links and presentation found above.
- Students must complete a project over the Origins of the Cold War.
- Choose from this list of options:
- You can make a full-length video using Animoto. Go to Animoto and sign-up for an account. At the bottom there is a "promo/referral code" box. Click on it and put in the following code: A4Elab310b
  • Mr. Lehr can help you do this so talk to him.
- Answer these questions:
1) Why does each event matter (establishment of the Soviet Bloc, Mao's victory in China, Marshall Plan, Berlin Blockade and Iron Curtain) or why is each event important?
2) How did each event help start the Cold War?
3) How did each event look from different points of view (American vs. Russian vs. People not involved)?
- The project will be worth 15 points and be graded using this rubric:

Cold War Foreign Policy Assignment:

The student evaluates the foreign policies of Truman and Eisenhower during the Cold War (e.g., establishment of the United Nations, containment, NATO, Truman Doctrine, Berlin Blockade, Korean War, Iron Curtain, U-2 incident).

The student evaluates the foreign policies of Kennedy and Johnson during the Cold War (e.g., Cuban Missile Crisis, Berlin Wall, Vietnam War, Peace Corp).

Life in America during the Cold War Assignment:

The student analyzes domestic life in the United States during the Cold War era (e.g., McCarthyism, federal aid to education, interstate highway system, space as the New Frontier, Johnson’s Great Society).

- Leave it to Beaver