Your job in your team of four is to find out how the Cold War started. I will assign each of you a number between 1 and 4. Your first step will be to view the short film assigned to your number, dealing with the Cold War, and respond to the specific questions about your film. You will also be given a Wikipedia link to read an article about your topic. You will then be given one class period (80 minutes) to meet with your group and to discuss the issues that led many countries all over the globe to take sides with either the Soviet Union or the United States. Your next step will be to have your group present their findings to the class by performing a five-minute skit. Lastly, your homework assignment will be to write a two-page reflection on the causes of the Cold War and if you think that it could have been prevented, and how?
Follow the steps below:
1. Individually view the short film assigned to you and respond to the questions below each link. View the article assigned to you for more information and for help in answering the questions. Bring your responses to class the next day.
2. Meet with your groups and create a time-line of the Cold War using information from the short films and your textbooks.
3. You will share the details of your event(s) with the other members of the group. Your group will vote on the five most inflamatory events that led to tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. Using that information, your group will create a "cause and effect chart" in which you will list those events, who caused them, and what the effect of that event was. Please see an example of this chart below in the resources section of this page.
4. Your group will then discuss the following issues:
--How and when did the Cold War start?
--How long did the Cold War last? When did it end?
--Was either side at fault, or were both sides at fault?
--What could have been done to prevent it?
You will elect a scribe who will take notes from this discussion and submit them to me.
5. Finally, your group will perform a skit in front of the class in which you will act out an important event from the Cold War. These skits will be performed at the end of class and the other groups will try to guess what event you are performing.