Cold War 


Cold War Conflicts

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Conduct two interviews - one with a person who was a teenager during the period 1945 - 1960 and another with someone who was an adult during that period. The topic of the interviews should be the people's memories of the Cold War and its effects on Americans. . Write the objectives and rules for your game. Possible questions to ask include:

  • What do you remembers as your greatest fear during the Cold War?

  • What do you recall as important conflicts during that time?

IMPORTANT: We understand that not every student may be able to conduct this project. Please let us know if your student doesn't not have access to this generation. 

Students should be ready to present their project to the class in the last session. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: Origins of the Cold War


Students will identify satellite nation, containment, Cold War, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Berlin airlift, North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 

Students will contrast the contributions Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin made to the Cold War. 

Students will contrast the United States' and Soviets' main goals during the Cold War. 

Students will examine what Stalin did to make President Truman distrust him. 

Students will explain why Stalin supported Communist governments in Eastern Europe. 

Students will explain why Truman established the policy of containment. 

Students will analyze how the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan are examples of containment. 

Students will summarize the effects of the Berlin airlift. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 772.

2) Read pages 773 - 778 in course textbook.

3) Start your course project. 

Session 2: The Cold War Heats Up


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai-shek, Taiwan (Formosa), 38th parallel and Korean War. 

Students will compare nationalists and communists. 

Students will analyze factors that led to the Communist takeover in China.

Students will describe how Americans reacted when the Communists came to power in China. 

Students will summarize the effects of the NSC-68 and the viewpoint of other nations concerning the Korean War.

Students will explain why the United States supported South Korea.

Students will analyze the Korean War. 

Students will explain how the involvement of Communist China affected the course of the Korean War.

Students will examine the breakup of North and South Korea.

Students will contrast the military strategies of President Truman and General MacArthur. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 778.

2) Read pages 779 - 784 in course textbook.

3) Complete Interact with History projects on page 783.

4) Continue working on your course project.

Session 3: The Cold War at Home


Students will review their homework and their Interact with History Projects on page 783.

Students will identify HUAC, Hollywood Ten, blacklist, Alger Hiss, Ethal and Julius Rosenberg, Senator Joseph McCarthy, and McCarthyism. 

Students will summarize the causes of the fear of communism in the United States. 

Students will examine the life of Paul Robeson. 

Students will explain why was Hollywood a target of anti-Communist investigations by Congress. 

Students will examine the influence of spies during the Cold War.

Students will summarize how television has impacted the making of news from 1954 to 1974.

Students will explain why the cases of Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs heightened the anti-Communist mood of Americans.  

Students will analyze the causes and effects of McCarthyism.


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 784.

2) Read pages 785 - 791 in course textbook.

3) Complete the Interact with History projects on page 791.

4) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session. 

Session 4: Two Nations Live on the Edge


Students will review their homework, present their Interact with History projects and their course project. 

Students will identify H-bomb, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John foster Dulles, brinkmanship, CIA, Warsaw Pact, Nikita Khrushchev, Eisenhower Doctrine, Francis Gary Powers, and U-2 incident. 

Students will analyze how the United States and the Soviet Union started an arms race. 

Students will summarize the role of the CIA in the Cold War. 

Students will explain how Hungary became a Cold War trouble spot. 

Students will examine the effect the Cold War had upon space exploration. 

Students will evaluate how might the Cold War have progressed if the U-2 incident had never occurred. 

Students will analyze how science fiction reflected Cold War realities.