Technology in Action
Integrating Technology

Title:  The
United States’ Foreign Policy During the Cold War

Developed by:  Jeff Brown

Content Area:  U.S. History

Grade Level: 11th

Materials/Resources (Including Software): Technology Focus: 

 

Word Processing

 

Spreadsheet

 

Database

 

Web Page

 

Multimedia Presentation

 X

Graphical Organizers

X

Internet

 

 Other

Skills Included in Lesson

Timeline: 
Computer Lab- one 55 min. period

TEKS:
Subject Area - §113.32.6 (D)
Technology Applications - §N/A

Objective: 
1.  Students will gather information regarding U.S. responses to Soviet aggression around the world during the Cold War years.
2.  Students will transfer information gathered into a thinking map created on the Inspiration 7.6 program.
3.  Finally, students will take the information from their newly created maps and make a comprehensive outline using the same program.

Procedures:
1.  In the computer lab have students use their notes from previous classes and internet websites to identify different
U.S. responses to the attempted spread of Communism by the Soviets.
2.  Using the Inspiration 7.5 program, lead the students through creating a graphic organizer.
3.  The teacher will briefly explain how to make a graphic organizer and model one using a projector while helping the students individually.
4.  Help the students individually discern appropriate headings and subtopics for their graphic organizers.
5.  Once they have completed their graphic organizers show students have to convert them into outline form in Inspiration 7.5.
6.  Have students go back and forth viewing the two views and seeing how the graphic organizer and outline forms relate to one another.
7.  Have students print a copy of each view to keep with their notes.
8.  Using their outline and graphic organizers students will answer three essay questions regarding U.S. responses to Soviet aggression around the world.

 

Assessment:
essay questions
teacher observations
class discussion

rubric

 

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Amount of Information

All topics are addressed and all questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each.

All topics are addressed and most questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each.

All topics are addressed, and most questions answered with 1 sentence about each.

One or more topics were not addressed.

Quality of Information

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given.

Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

Paragraph Construction

All paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

Most paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence.

Paragraphs included related information but were typically not constructed well.

Paragraphing structure was not clear and sentences were not typically related within the paragraphs.

Notes

Notes are recorded and organized in an extremely neat and orderly fashion.

Notes are recorded legibly and are somewhat organized.

Notes are recorded.

Notes are recorded only with peer/teacher assistance and reminders.

Internet Use

Successfully uses suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Usually able to use suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Occasionally able to use suggested internet links to find information and navigates within these sites easily without assistance.

Needs assistance or supervision to use suggested internet links and/or to navigate within these sites.

 

Modifications:
Lower achieving students will need to define and explain in their essay questions while GT students will explain and compare why the U.S. had different responses in different situations.

Extensions:
Have students find and print out a newspaper article using a database that is germane to a topic in their outline.

Additional Resources/Websites:

Documents Related to US Policy and the Cold War: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/coldwar.htm

The Cold War: http://www.vce.com/coldwar.html

GALENET: http://find.galegroup.com/menu/commonmenu.do?userGroupName=tlc129034724&finalAuth=true

 

 

Midway Instructional Technology Specialists
12/21/07