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        Cold War Historical Investigation: Lesson Plan | James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work

        Learn about the political climate surrounding the cold war, and examine how President Bush and James Baker contributed to ending it.

        Lesson Summary

        Students will use a variety of print, non-print, primary and secondary sources to explore social, political and economic factors that contributed to the end of the Cold War. They will also evaluate the role James Baker played in the political factors that caused the end of the Cold War.

        Time Allotment

        2 days.

        Learning Objectives

        Students will be able to:

        • Identify and analyze the use of primary sources to explain the social, political and economic factors that caused the end of the Cold War.
        • Research primary and secondary sources to evaluate the role James Baker played in political factors that caused the end of the Cold War.

        Supplies

        Introductory Activity

        1. The teacher shows a video clip and facilitates a discussion about the iconic nature of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

          Historical Investigation video clip

        2. The teacher asks the following:
          • What does the fall of the Berlin Wall symbolize to East Germans?
          • Did the fall of the Berlin Wall alone signal the end of the Cold War?
        3. The teacher will introduce the historical investigation by telling students that they will be examining a variety of print, non-print, primary and secondary sources to determine what social, political and economic factors caused the end of the Cold War. It is optional whether students work individually, with partners, or in small groups. Based on students’ abilities and time constraints, the teacher may reduce or increase the number of sources students examine.

        Learning Activities

        1. The teacher should display the following focus questions prominently in the classroom:
          • “What social, political and economic factors caused the end of the Cold War?”
          • “Evaluate the role James Baker played in these political factors.”
        2. The teacher distributes the Historical Investigation Graphic Organizer.
        3. Students conduct their investigation.

        Culminating Activity

        1. Students produce a culminating activity in the format of their choice. The activity should utilize the primary sources to answer the following question: “What social, political and economic factors caused the end of the Cold War?” Suggestions for final products include but are not limited to:
          • Essay
          • Online presentation
          • Infographic
          • Video podcast
          • Performance skit

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