Nuclear Weapons

Lesson Plan


Ohio Content Standards:

Grade 9 – History 11a & 14, Government 1, Social Studies Skills and Methods 1
Grade 10 – History 8b, Citizenship Rights and Responsibility 1d,
Grade 11 – Government 1, 2 & 5
Grade 12 – History 1, 2 & 3, Economics 1 & 7, Government 1 & 2, Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities 7
 

Duration of Lesson:

2 classes – 50 minutes
 

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will collaboratively analyze and compare editorial cartoons focusing on the Cold War and nuclear weapons.
  • Students will put forward a three to five paragraph essay explaining the assign cartoon packets theme.
  • Students will identify the cartoonists' intentions and evaluate the effectiveness of the message of each cartoon.

Summary

Materials:

Pre-Assessment:

How do you feel the use of atomic weapons in Japan at the end of WWII impacted the world? (Teacher should lead discussion to the Cold War and the Arms Race)
 

Instructional Steps:

  1. Complete pre-assessment class discussion.
  2. Divide class into six groups; two groups for each theme.
  3. Hand out packets (randomly assigned) and corresponding worksheet.
  4. Students will discuss as a group.
  5. Review to discuss supporting details and evidence.
  6. Students will individually complete the writing assignment.

Post-Assessment: 

Writing Assignment on the Worksheets
 

Extension Activities:

 

Cartoons:

 
Area of Agreement
Area of Agreement
Tick-tick-tick
Tick-tick-tick
The History of Arms Reduction Talks
The History of Arms Reduction Talks
Preliminary Disarmament Talks...
Preliminary Disarmament Talks...
At the Wrong End of the Table
At the Wrong End of the Table
You'll Not Get Rich (Rat-Tattatta-Tat) You're in the Arms Race Now!
You'll Not Get Rich (Rat-Tattatta-Tat) You're in the Arms Race Now!
Limited Chicken
Limited Chicken
Nuclear freeze scenario
Nuclear freeze scenario
Keep moving...
Keep moving...

 

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