In this unit, students investigate the causes of domestic conflict in the early Cold War. They use primary sources, a timeline, and maps to learn about the origins and early events of the Cold War before focusing on domestic events. After engaging in an activity that simulates the suspicion and climate of fear during the Red Scare, students read and discuss testimonies to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). They then analyze political cartoons from the time before engaging in an LDC Module focused on the causes of the Red Scare.
Throughout the unit, students read and analyze primary sources to build evidentiary claims and investigate cause, learning to reject monocausal explanations and build more complex and contextualized explanations.
Download this unit: High School History, Cold War
For ease of use and customization, we have made it easy for teachers to download the full unit, in pieces and the files are available in PDF and Word for your customization.