Primary Sources: The Cold War Kit

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  • Grade: 5-12
  • Interest Level: 4-12
  • Item: 8137
  • ISBN: 9780743981378
  • Language: English

Build social studies content-area literacy by integrating dynamic primary sources into the classroom! This comprehensive kit uses primary source documents, maps, photographs, and other materials to engage students in understanding the Cold War. These authentic resources will capture students' curiosity about the past and build critical thinking as they analyze relations between the Soviet Union and the United States after World War II.

Primary Sources: The Cold War Kit includes:

  • 8 Primary Source Cards:
    • Berlin Wall Coming Down
    • The Iron Curtain Speech
    • Ronald Reagan and Nikita Gorbachev
    • And more...
  • 8 Primary Source Reproductions:
    • Sputnik Political Cartoon
    • Mao Tse-tung on TIME Magazine
    • MacArthur's Farewell Speech
    • And more...
  • Teacher's guide
  • Digital resources


Series highlights include

  • 8 Photo Cards
  • 8 Primary Sources
  • Teacher's Guide with easy-to-use lessons and document-based assessments
  • Digital Resources
Primary Sources: The Cold War Kit

8 Primary Sources

Provide students with a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events through maps, letters, photographs, political cartoons, and more! Students will participate in the constructive process of history by studying primary source documents and photographs. Viewing historic photographs, handling facsimiles of famous documents, and reading the comments and opinions of those in the past prepare students for document-based assessments.

Teacher's Guide

Give teachers the tools to breathe life into history. The Teacher's Guide provides extensive details about each component in the kit. Lesson plans are organized with objectives, materials, discussion questions, suggestions for using the primary sources, and extension ideas. Historical background pages are provided to give teachers and students information about each of the primary sources being studied.
Primary Sources: The Cold War Kit

Digital Resources

  • Digital copies of all photographs and primary sources
  • Bonus photographs and primary sources
  • Student reproducibles