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


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


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.