Lesson #1: Origins of the Cold War

What are the causes of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States?

Butter Battle Book (Docs)

Countdown to the Cold War (Slides)

Cold War Graphic Organizer (Docs)

10.6: Unresolved Global Conflict (1945-1991)

Lesson #11: Collapse of the Soviet Union​

How did the political reforms of glasnost and economic reforms of perestroika impact the Soviet communist bloc and the world? 

Iron Curtain

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to describe the Soviet Union’s policy of isolation during the Cold War. The Iron Curtain isolated Eastern Europe from the rest of the world.

Nato vs. warsaw

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an international defense alliance between democratic in 1949 as a response to the spread of communism.

Explore Geography

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow.

Lesson #5: Bay of Pigs
As a result of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, was communism contained or expanded? Explain.

The Bay of Pigs (Slides)

Bay of Pigs Graphic Organizer

Lesson #4: Berlin

What is the importance of the Berlin Airlift and the Berlin Wall?

Conflict in Berlin (Slides)

Conflict Questions (Docs)

Berlin Airlift (Video)

Berlin Wall (Video)

Lesson #11: Detente​

What was détente? What effect did détente have on the Cold War?

Lesson #10: Non-Alignment Movement​

Why did some countries join the Non-Aligned Movement?

Lessons & Resources

Winston Churchill

Iron Curtain Speech

Lesson #8: Vietnam

Were the United States and the Soviet Union justified in their involvement in both Korea and Vietnam?

Vietnam War (Slides)

Vietnam War (Primary Source)

Inside The Vietnam War (Video)


A cold war policy that called for containing communism to areas already under its influence. This policy was proposed by U.S. President Harry Truman.

Lesson #3: Military-Industrial Complex

How did the Space Race and Arms race affect the Cold War and the future?

Simple History: Space Race (Video)

And Their Off (Slides)

Arms Race & Space Race (Docs)

History:The Space Race (Video)

Lesson #7: Korea

Were the United States and the Soviet Union justified in their involvement in both Korea and Vietnam?

The Korean War (Slides)

The Korean War (Primary Source)

National Geographic Explorer (Video)

Lesson #9: Afghanistan
​As a result of the Soviet-Afghan War, was communism contained or expanded? Explain.

Invasion of Afghanistan (Slides)

Afghanistan (Primary Source)

Afghanistan Graphic Organizer

Mr. Christopher Patten