Cuban Missile Crisis Lesson

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Cuban Missile Crisis Lesson by Mind Map: Cuban Missile Crisis Lesson

1. Lesson Goals

1.1. Analysis of Pre and Post Crisis Relations

1.2. Assess values and limitations of sources

2. Step 1: Make sure that students have understanding of historical event

2.1. Crisis Overview

2.1.1. October 1962

2.1.2. Plane spies construction of missiles in Cuba

2.1.3. Shows power of diplomacy


2.2. Context

2.2.1. Post WWII Tensions Marshall Plan World landscape has changed Superpowers Rebuilding Europe

2.2.2. Containment The Long Telegram Cominform Marshall Plan NSC-68


3. Step 2: Analyze sources and evaluate values and limitations

3.1. Post Crisis Relations

3.1.1. Soviet Sources Protocol 32 Soviet Perspective of Crisis from Khrushchev's son (Interview) "Letter from Khrushchev to Fidel Castro," January 31, 1963 "Memorandum from the Head of the USSR Merchant Fleet (Bakaev) to the CC CPSU," December 07, 1962, Nay, Sherry. “The Cuban Missile Crisis: The Soviet View.” "Soviet Report on American Attempts at Disseminating Fabricated News on Cuba," August 23, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, TsKhSD, f. 5, op. 5, d. 1102, ll. 56-57.

3.1.2. US Sources Paris Summit Monroe Doctrine “The Cuban Missile Crisis, October 1962.” U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of State,

3.1.3. General Secondary Sources We All Lost the Cold War by Lebow and Stein Roeschley, Jason K. (2011) "Nikita Khrushchev, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Aftermath," Constructing the Past: Vol. 12 : Iss. 1 , Article 12.

4. Step 3: Formulate an Interpretation

4.1. Use sources to gain a better understanding of the event

4.2. Explain interpretation with textual evidence in a cohesive manner

4.3. Apply interpretations from other students to their own and determine where they separate or are similar