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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: Post-WWII U.S. Foreign Policy Name: Cristian Meza

Content Area: Social Studies/U.S. History Grade Level: 11
CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):
11. 9

1. Discuss the establishment of the United Nations and International Declaration of Human Rights, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and General
Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and their importance in shaping modern Europe and maintaining peace and international order.
2. Understand the role of military alliances, including NATO and SEATO, in deterring communist aggression and maintaining security during the Cold War.
3. Trace the origins and geopolitical consequences (foreign and domestic) of the Cold War and containment policy, including the following:
The era of McCarthyism, instances of domestic Communism (e.g., Alger Hiss) and blacklisting
The Truman Doctrine
The Berlin Blockade
The Korean War
The Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Atomic testing in the American West, the mutual assured destruction doctrine, and disarmament policies
The Vietnam War
Latin American policy
4. List the effects of foreign policy on domestic policies and vice versa (e.g., protests during the war in Vietnam, the nuclear freeze movement).
5. Analyze the role of the Reagan administration and other factors in the victory of the West in the Cold War.
6. Describe U.S. Middle East policy and its strategic, political, and economic interests including those related to the Gulf War.
7. Examine relations between the United States and Mexico in the twentieth century, including key economic, political, immigration, and environmental

Big Ideas/Unit Goals:

Students will explore the effects of post-WWII international actions and U.S. foreign policy by answering the following essential questions:

1. How effective were post-WWII monetary organizations and military alliances in maintaining peace and international order?
2. How did U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War affect the United States and other countries around the world?
3. How has U.S. foreign policy affected modern American relations with the Middle East and Mexico?

Unit Summary:
Following the intense battles of WWII, the Cold War era is an important part of history that shaped the world into the modern era. Many of the foreign policies
enacted by the United States had profound impact in countries around the world sometimes leading to disastrous results. In this unit, you will evaluate the
effectiveness of post-WWII monetary organizations and military alliances (e.g., International Monetary Fund, World Bank, GATT, United Nations, NATO and
SEATO). Moreover, you will learn about the Second Red Scare, domestic communism and the witch-hunting era in American history, known as McCarthyism. You
will also examine several significant Cold War events (e.g., Berlin Blockade, Korean War, Vietnam War, Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis). As you develop
this understanding, we will end the unit by comparing Cold War-era U.S. foreign policy to modern American relations with the Middle East and Mexico.
Assessment Plan:
Entry-Level: Formative: Summative:
Quickwrite on the conclusion of WWII and the roles Quizlet Flash Cards that students will be creating DBQ In-Class Essay asking students to discuss
the U.S. and the USSR played in the outcome of the for every Cold War event that we cover as a class. multiple perspectives of Cold War events by
war. analyzing and synthesizing primary sources.
Quiz that contains questions that test them on their
In-Class Discussion with Video that summarizes knowledge of Cold War content, and higher-order Podcast Series whereby each student group works
WWII and the two global powers that emerged in questions that challenge them to synthesize together to create a podcast episode about U.S.
the aftermath. information and think critically. Students study for policy in the Middle East or about U.S.-Mexico
this quiz using their collection of Quizlet flash relations.

Multimedia Presentations created by student

groups on an assigned Cold War event.

Cold War Timeline that is completed individually

and organizes all the important events that were
discussed during the group presentations.

Lesson 1 (Teacher Lecture)

Student Learning Objective: Acceptable Evidence Lesson Activities:
Students will examine the (Assessments): Students will listen and participate in a teacher multimedia lecture while taking guided notes. These
origins and consequences Students will be provided notes begin with a recap of background information summarized in a Crash Course video. This includes a
(foreign and domestic) of with a Prezi lecture on discussion on Cold War-era U.S. anxieties of nuclear war and communist threat as well as the basis for U.S.
the Cold War and communist containment foreign policy: the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine. The lecture and notes will then begin
communist-containment and McCarthyism, and exploring domestic anti-communist policies, committees and historical figures, such as HUAC, President
policies. accompanying guided notes Trumans Executive Order 9835, Joseph McCarthy, and Hollywood Blacklisting, among others. After
briefly discussing the origin of the term, McCarthyism, students will be instructed to draw their own
that will help them follow
cartoon representation of McCarthyism. A video of Joseph McCarthy being criticized by Army counsel,
along. As a result, students
Joseph Welch, during the Army-McCarthy hearings will then be shown. Afterwards, students will answer
will learn about Cold War- questions relating to the downfall of McCarthyism and the justification for domestic anti-communist
era anti-communist policies. The lecture and guided notes will end with a timeline that students must fill out. This will help
domestic policies and their them organize the multiple events that were discussed in chronological order.
Lesson 2 (Webercise/ iPad Lesson)
Student Learning Objective: Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities:
Students will compare U.S. Using provided websites, Students will access different websites listed on their Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Cold War foreign policy students will complete a webercise worksheet. As they read and watch the various pages, articles and videos, students will answer
with modern U.S. foreign webercise to gather questions and higher-order thinking prompts. Various related events are covered including the
policy in the Middle East information on the Bay of Presidential Coup of 1952, the Cuban Revolution and the 26th of July Movement to build background
and Mexico. Pigs Invasion and the Cuban knowledge and provide historical context. Once they have covered the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile
Missile Crisis. Students will Crisis and its aftermath, students will be instructed to create a collection of Quizlet flashcards for both
gain a better understanding events. Every flashcard will cover one of the 12 listed topics and must contain at least three sentences
of U.S. foreign policy in that provide a description of the term and an explanation of how it relates to the Bay of Pigs or Cuban
Latin America, and will be Missile Crisis. Once they are done with these initial Quizlet flashcards, students will have to create an
able to draw parallels additional two flash cards: one that summarizes the Bay of Pigs and another one that summarizes the
between conflicts that Cuban Missile Crisis. These summaries must include four to five sentences. These Quizlet flashcards will
then be added to every students personal collections of Cold War flashcards that they create for every
occurred in Cuba with
major Cold War event covered in class. Once all major events are finally covered in class, students may
conflicts that later occurred
then use their Quizlet flashcards to study for the Quiz one of the formative assessments.
in the Middle East.
Lesson 3 (Graphic Organizer)
Student Learning Objective: Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities:
Students will evaluate the Students will create a Students will create a mind-map using an online tool called Popplet. On their Popplets, students will be
effects of post-WWII Popplet mind-map about instructed to organize and briefly describe major events and historical figures/groups of the Vietnam
monetary organizations important events and War. After signing up and creating their accounts, students have to create six popples/topics, three of
(e.g., World Bank) and historical figures involved which should be influential figures/groups during the Vietnam War and the other three should be
military alliances (e.g., in the Vietnam War. As they important events that occurred within the war. Students will have to add at least one image for each
NATO). research the topic, they will popple that accurately represents the topic. Once that is done, students will have to add 4-8 sub-
popples/subtopics for each popple/topic. For historical figures, sub-popples/subtopics should include: a
learn about the Gulf of
short description of their upbringing/beginning, their involvement in the Vietnam War, the effects of
Tonkin Resolution and its
their involvement, and any additional information students think is important. For historical events, sub-
connection to SEATO the popples/subtopics should include: a description of how it began, an explanation of the event, students
Southeast Asian military reasoning for why the event is important and any additional information they believe is essential.
alliance version of NATO. Students will then be provided with a rubric so that they may self-assess their work before submitting.
Unit Resources:
Digital Unit Plan Site:
Cold War Quizlet Study Set:
Teacher Lecture and Guided Notes:
Graphic Organizer:
Vietnam War Popplet Sample:
Summative Assessment Podcast Rubric:

Useful Websites:
PBS American Masters McCarthyism:
History Channel Cold War:
University of Alabama Cold War History - Primary Sources:
Encyclopedia Britannica Cold War:
Quizlet U.S. Foreign Policy After WWII:
Sutori Interactive Cold War Timeline:
Khan Academy U.S. History 1945-1980:
Crash Course World History USA vs. USSR:
Crash Course U.S. History The Cold War:
John D. Ruddy Cold War in 9 Minutes:
TED Ed What is McCarthyism?: