June 2014

The Marshall Plan

The Marshall Plan

Essential Question: Was the Marshall Plan more helpful to the United States or Western Europe?

Common Core Standards: RH1, RH6, RH8

Introduction:

This lesson is designed to be part of a broader Cold War unit plan. Students should have a basic knowledge of the outlines of the Cold War in terms of major issues and geography. It is based primarily on a series of primary sources maintained by the Library of Congress.

How “Cold” was the Cold War?

How “Cold” was the Cold War?

Common Core Standards: RH1, RH6, RH8, WHST1, WHST8, WHST9

Introduction

In teaching the history of the Cold War at both the university and secondary levels, many

teachers shroud the complexities of the Cold War in hyperbole. Students often fail to understand

that conflict between the two superpowers would not necessarily result in a nuclear armageddon

and that the entire period did not consist of the calculated brinksmanship displayed by John F.

1876 World's Fair

The Centennial International Exhibition, 1876

Common Core Standards: RH2

Connections:  This lesson should be preceded by a lesson on the origins of the world’s fair experience.  It is to be included in the discussion of the flowering of the industrial revolution in the U.S.

The United States and the Republic of Texas

The United States and the Republic of Texas

Essential Question:  How did Americans’ interactions with Texas evolve in the time from 1821 until after the Mexican-American War?

Common Core Standards:  RH2, RH6

Introduction:

It is difficult to get a good, brief, online history of Texas in English in the period from 1821 until after the Mexican-American War.  The following should be read with a critical eye for their overall positive treatment of all things Texas:

War of 1812

War of 1812

Essential Questions:

Was the War of 1812 a “Second American Revolution”?

Or

Was the War of 1812 a war of choice or a war of necessity?

Common Core Standards: RH9, WHST1

Initiation:

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