Berlin: A Tale of Two Speeches

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What fate befell the city of Berlin after World War II? The lesson shares two speeches from US presidents regarding the Berlin Wall and the Cold War. Pupils read primary sources, work in groups, and complete written activities to better understand Cold War foreign policy. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on why Berlin was a focal point of the Cold War
  • Compare and contrast Kennedy's and Reagan's foreign policies
Classroom Considerations

  • The theme of the Cold War may not be suitable for all age groups

  • The lesson provides text and audio of both speeches for a deeper analysis
  • Uses primary sources and images to enhance learning

  • None
Common Core