Paired Texts > The Cold War
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This NPR story describes education in Vietnam today that might save a life: lessons about different kinds of explosives.Pair “Teaching Kids in Vietnam to Avoid a Deadly, Everyday Legacy of War” with “The Cold War” and ask students to discuss how the effects of the Cold War continue to be felt today. What other ways does the Cold War continue to be relevant?
This article describes the "Duck and Cover" drills and other efforts at nuclear attack preparedness made by the United States government during the Cold War period.Pair “Duck & Cover: School Drills During the Cold War” with “The Cold War” to help students understand the fear that people experienced during the Cold War. How did the government help prepare citizens for the event of a nuclear attack? Do students think these preparations did more harm or good? Why?
The informational text "McCarthyism" discusses the United States' fear of communism during the Cold War and the unfair trials led by Senator Joseph McCarthy to root out supposed communist spies.Pair “McCarthyism” with “The Cold War” and ask students to discuss how Americans were treated during the Cold War. In what ways were their constitutional rights compromised? How was Joseph McCarthy able to manipulate the fears of Americans during this time? Could something similar happen today? Why or why not?
In the informational text "An Introduction to Communism," Jessica McBirney defines communism and discusses countries that have adopted its practice.Pair “The Cold War” with “An Introduction to Communism” and ask students to discuss what role communism played in the Cold War. Why do students think that the United States worked so hard to prevent communism from spreading? How do both texts explore the fear and negative impact of communism?
In this short story, a king struggles to learn what is best for his town.Pair “The Cold War” with “The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind” to provide students with background information on the Cold War. Ask students to discuss how the conflict between the towns in “The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind” is similar to the conflict that occurred throughout the Cold War. How were the lives of ordinary people impacted by both conflicts? What point do students think Ray Bradbury was trying to make about the Cold War through his story?
In this informational text, the creation of the "Daisy" ad and its continued impact on political advertising is discussed.Pair “The Cold War” with “How the ’Daisy’ Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertising” to provide students with information about the Cold War. Ask students to discuss what life was like for Americans during the Cold War. Why do students think the images in the Daisy ad were so powerful for viewers? Why do students think it is still remembered today even though it only ran once?