B1 World War II and Its Aftermath UA Essay

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Unit: World War II and Its Aftermath
This Unit Activity will help you meet these educational goals:
Inquiry Skills—You will develop questions and plan investigations, evaluate change and continuity over time, develop credible explanations of historical events and developments based on reasoned interpretation of evidence, gather evidence, evaluate and use evidence, develop explanations and make persuasive arguments in support of your conclusions, and communicate your conclusions.
21st Century Skills—You will employ online tools for research and analysis, apply creativity and innovation, use critical thinking and problem solving skills, communicate effectively, and assess and validate information.

Introduction
In this Unit Activity,
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The Resources section below has two helpful timeline sources covering this era.

a. In the table below, list five major Cold War events that occurred internationally between 1945 and 1965. List five domestic events that occurred in the United States during the same period. Make sure to include a brief description and the year of each event.

Type your response in the table:

International Cold War Events
Domestic US Events
1. 1950 Korean war begins.

1.1951 The Rosenbergs were convicted of communist espionage.

2.1953 Joseph Stalin dies.

2.1954 First nuclear powered submarine launches: USS Nautilus

3. 1955 ‘The Big Four’ attend the Geneva Summit
3. 1958 NASA is formed
4.1962 Cuban missile crisis

4. 1961 JFK becomes president
5.1964 America joins Vietnam conflict

5. 1963 John F. Kennedy killed in Dallas

b. Consider the events you listed above, and respond to the following prompt based on your notes from the table:

You are a newscaster in 1965 given the task of explaining recent events to your audience. Choose one international event from the Cold War and one US event from the domestic arena that occurred in the period from the end of World War II (1945) to the present (1965). The events you choose should be ones that you believe had the biggest effects on the time period. Explain the importance of these two events as clearly as possible by including evidence for your choices.

Before writing your news script, read through the Process section below for

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