Ending the Cold War (1980-1991) PP Activity for U.S. History

Ending the Cold War (1980-1991) PP

Activity for U.S. History


9 - 12, Home School


Social Studies/History

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This presentation provides students a visually stimulating lesson detailing the End of the Cold War (1980-1991)Designed as a student-centered activity to be uploaded into google classroom, the presentation includes 10 embedded focus questions for students to answer using their core text (and additional information presented in the slides). The 15 slide activity is filled with colorful pictures, maps, and other relevant information that will breathe life into this important era in modern American history. This lesson is also great to use when you are out of the classroom, serving as an awesome resource for sub days! If you'd like a version you can edit, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to help. Enjoy!


Topics include:

* How anticommunism guided Ronald Reagan's foreign policy in the 1980s; The Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) & the Reagan Doctrine.

* The Reagan Doctrine applied in Central America & the Caribbean (Nicaragua,

El Salvador, & Granada).

* The Reagan administration gets involved in the Middle East (Lebanese civil war); Islamic radicals respond to U.S. presence in Lebanon with acts of terrorism.

The Iran-Contra Affair.

* The emergence of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev leads to change in the Soviet Union (glasnost & perestroika).

Reagan & Gorbachev meet during four historic summits; historic progress made.

* President George H.W. Bush orders the U.S. invasion of Panama & removal of dictator Manuel Noriega.

* The U.S. halts Iraqi aggression: Operation Desert Storm & the First Gulf War.

* The collapse of the Soviet Union & the end of the Cold War (1989-1991).

* Lesson learning target on the bottom of every slide.

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