Impact of The Cold War: Are We Mad?

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Mutually assured destruction and the fear of the atomic bomb: what was life really like during the Cold War? Scholars find out with multiple activities, such as group discussions, worksheets, games, and an argumentative writing activity. The activities also help young historians understand the impact the Cold War had on history, such as restrictions on nuclear weapons. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Lead a discussion on how learners think they might react if the US faced a similar threat today
  • Pair the lesson with an activity requiring pupils to decide what they would take into a fallout shelter and why
Classroom Considerations

  • The theme of atomic warfare may not be appropriate for all groups

  • The lesson provides varied activities to engage learners
  • Includes sample responses and a rubric to make grading easier

  • None