Lesson Plan

Sources of Discord, 1945-1946

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From Allies to enemies within a year. Scholars research the falling out between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1945-1946 in the first lesson plan of a three-part series. Using primary source materials, group work, and interactive mapping, class members begin to unravel the roots of conflict. A final written essay allows for open interpretation of the Sources of Discord.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
Classroom Considerations
  • Divide the class into two equal groups to conduct the lesson 
  • Requires online access if assigning the work outside of class 
  • Provides links to primary source documents and articles
  • Includes printable worksheets and materials for classroom use
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