Grade 10 Unit 7 Cold War

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  U.S. History                                          

Grade:  10

Unit:  The Cold War                                              

Pacing:  Five Weeks

Essential Question(s):

  1. What impact did the Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union have on American society?
  2. What were the assumptions and consequences of the Truman Doctrine?
  3. Was American intervention in areas around the world justified during the Cold War?

Big Idea(s):

  1. Local and national relationships are affected by U.S. foreign policy.
  2. The United States tried to balance the rights and responsibilities of individuals with those of national security.
  3. People respond to and resolve differences in a variety of ways;  methods of response are open to historical interpretation.

CT State Standards


1.3.5:  Compare and contrast different political systems.

1.1.6:  Compare and contrast various American values and political ideologies.

1.1.3:  Trace the changing role of American participation and influence in world affairs.


1.1.2:  Trace the evolving nature of citizen’s rights.

1.1.4:  Explain the changing nature of the American economy.

1.1.7:  Analyze the influence of nationalism on American society.

1.1.10:  Analyze the impact of technology and scientific discovery on American society.

1.1.12:  Evaluate the role and impact of the individual on historical events.

1.3.3:  Explain the causes and impact of imperialism.

1.3.4:  Explain examples of conflict and cooperation in world affairs.

1.3.6:  Compare and contrast economic systems across historical time periods.

1.3.8:  Analyze the impact of technological and scientific changes on civilizations.

1.3.9:  Analyze the impact of nationalism on the world.

1.4.2:  Use maps, charts and graphs to analyze how geographic location and resources influenced historical and contemporary imperialism.

1.4.3:  Analyze how geographic location and physical features have influenced national histories.

1.7.1:  Compare and contrast how different national governments throughout the world attempt to meet the needs of their citizens.

1.7.2:  Analyze the relationship between national governments and international organizations.

1.13.2:  Analyze examples of the impact of cultural diversity in different nations.

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


-Political Systems

      *Democracy/Democratic Republic




-American values and political ideologies

      *role of government

      *Red Scare

      *people’s view of threat of communism


-Changing role of American participation and influence in world affairs

      *War vs. Communism

      *Truman Doctrine

      *Domino Theory

      *U.S. intervention around the world



-Compare and Contrast





-Compare and Contrast


















Common Formative Pre- Assessment:





-In class individual and small group work


-Q and A

-Closure Activities


Common Formative Post- Assessment:

-Unit Test

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:


Primary/Secondary Sources

Map Activity

Graphic Organizer


Power Point/Smartboard


Student Created Posters


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Maps, video clips – (13 Days, We Were Soldiers, Good Night and Good Luck), Iron Curtain Map activity, Guest Speaker – Dennis Mannion, Research Essay (McCarthyism0 The Century Series, Foreign Policy Simulation

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

GI Bill, baby boom, Fair Deal, Cold War, Soviet Union, United Nations, Communist satellites, Iron Curtain, Winston Churchill, containment policy, Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Berlin Airlift, East/West Germany, NATO, Douglas Macarthur, Joseph Stalin, Korean War, 38th parallel, HUAC, Rosenberg case, J0seph McCarthy, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, domino theory, Nitkita Khrushchev, Warsaw Pact, Sputnik, NASA, U-2 incident, Castro, Cuba, JFK, Peace Corps, Bay of Pigs, Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, Warren Commission, LBJ, Great Society, Tonkin Gulf Resolution, Tet Offensive, hawks vs. doves, RFK, Vietnamization, Kent St, My Lai, Pentagon Papers, Paris Accords

- For the Record; The Eisenhower Doctrine (p. 321-322), A Letter to Ngo Dinh Diem (p. 320-321), Douglas MacArthur’s Address to Congress (p. 283–285)

-US History Skillbook, Ch. 13 (p. 173-180), Document Skill (p.183)

- BER Handbook, Game Board Assignment, (p. 139-140)

-Nystrom Atlas of US History, Korean War (p. 92-93), Superpowers (p. 94-95)

-Literature (“For The Record”):

   *”A North Vietnamese View of American Intervention” (p. 366-368)

   *”The Burse With Round Eyes” (p. 370-373)

-Math:  Create a Bar Graph Comparing the conflicts in Vietnam and Korea in terms of lives lost for each side, money spent, etc.

-Science:  Explore any of the following Scientific concepts=

   *Agent Orange


   *Magic Bullet Theory

   *Range of Nuclear Missiles

   *Spy Satellites

   *”Star Wars”