Abstract 6- Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2006

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2006

 

 

Huns, Nuns, & Guns: A WebQuest and Propaganda and the Cold War

Chad Michael Dorn
Carlos Espinosa Proaño

Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito
Quito, Ecuador

Abstract

Huns, Nuns, & Guns: A WebQuest
The cost of war is extremely high. Human, monetary, and physical resources are all used in abundance during war. World War I was no exception. This war of attrition forced governments to devise means of convincing people on the home front to continue fighting the war. This WebQuest is designed to be used as a separate activity or in conjunction with a lesson on the years of deadlock during WWI.

Propaganda and the Cold War
This lesson set forms an initial study of the Cold War by tenth graders and is used following a unit on World Wars I and II. Students are involved in three components: (1) analysis of political cartoons depicting different sides of the Cold War, (2) defining and evaluating atomic diplomacy, and (3) exploring the reasons for, and effects of, polarization cause by the containment policy. Each lesson uses a learning cycle format.

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About the Author(s)…

Chad Michael Dorn is the coordinator for the Social Studies department at Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito in Cumbaya, Ecuador, South America. His earned his B.A. from St. Norbert College in Sociology (concentration in Anthropology) and will soon complete his Spanish M.A. Secondary Education from The University of Alabama (official graduation date May 06). Contact information: cdorn@cmsfq.edu.ec, Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito.

Carlos Espinosa Proaño is the Math Science coordinator and 4th grade Math Science teacher in Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito in Cumbaya, Ecuador, South America. He holds a B.A. in history, and a multiple subject bilingual credential K-12 from California State University, Los Angeles; his M.A. in education from The University of Alabama will be finished June 2006. Research interests include critical thinking, math and science for the elementary grades, and social science for grades 6-12th. Contact information: cespinosa@cmsfq.edu.ec, Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.