Lesson Plan

Cuban Missile Crisis

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The United States—specifically John F. Kennedy—played a large role during the Cuban Missile Crisis. A history resource poses questions that encourage critical thinking as well as in-depth analysis of images from the time period.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Teach about the use of rhetoric while analyzing Kennedy's speech for a more in-depth understanding
  • Differentiate for English learners by providing them with a transcript to read along with Kennedy's speech
Classroom Considerations
  • May take less time than 90 minutes, however, the resource provides an extension activity as well
  • Supplies warm-up activity and helps to scaffold learning
  • Includes a wide range of questions for you to ask
  • Uses a background section that proves useful as reading material 
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