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The United States and the Cold War
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The United States and the Cold War


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Grade Level Grades 11-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment

About This Lesson

Background: This lesson was generated using ChatGPT after we created our EdBrAIn ChatBot. We demoed how to set up your own ChatBot on our 4/16/24 webinar, The AI Educator Brain on Lesson Planning with AI: Teaching Sidekick or Sci-Fi Overlord.

Lesson Goals and Objectives

  • Students will identify the causes and key events of the Cold War.
  • Students will analyze the impact of the Cold War on American domestic and foreign policy.
  • Students will evaluate the effectiveness of U.S. strategies and policies during the Cold War.

Essential Questions

  1. What were the primary causes of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union?
  2. How did the Cold War affect international relations and domestic policies in the United States?
  3. What were the significant events and turning points during the Cold War, and how did they influence the global balance of power?



Lesson Plan US and the Cold War.pdf

Lesson Plan
May 9, 2024
5.7 MB


Analyze the ways the Cold War influenced domestic policies in the United States (e.g., Federal Loyalty Oath, "lavender scares," HUAC, rise of McCarthyism, domestic containment), and argue the impact of those policies
Analyze the causes and consequences of important domestic Cold War trends in the United States (e.g., economic growth and declining poverty, the G. I. Education bill, the decline in women’s employment, climb in the birthrate, the growth of suburbs and home ownership, the increase in education levels, the impact of television and increased consumerism).
Evaluate the extent to which the Cold War influenced the present domestic politics and culture of various nations, including the United States.
Foreign policy and domestic effects of the Cold War: Argue the ways the Cold War and the fear of Communism affected Americans and domestic and foreign policy of the United States
Analyze the origins and development of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union and their respective allies, including ideology, technology, economics, and geography.
Analyzing the political, economic, and ideological factors that led to the Cold War.


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