ERIC Number: ED307208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
U.S.-Soviet Relations Teacher's Guide: Special Focus.
Chibucos, Pamela E.
This teacher's guide provides student objectives, motivational devices, terms and concepts to know, student activities, evaluation ideas, and suggestions for using an accompanying four-part videotape series. An activity for chapter 1, "Differing World Views," divides the class into groups that list U.S.-Soviet differences in economic systems, population size and makeup, location and geography, political systems, and natural resources. The groups share their findings with the class. In chapter 2, "Evolution of U.S.-Soviet Relations," students work in pairs to assume the roles of a Soviet and U.S. citizen engaged in correspondence between the years 1920-1986. Students exchange letters based upon specified topics, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War. An activity for chapter 3, "A Critical Issue: The Arms Race" helps students better understand the serious effects that perceptions and misperceptions have on one nation's dealings with another. For example, students discuss the shock and fright felt in the United States after the Sputnik launch in 1957. In chapter 4, "In Pursuit of Peace," there is an opportunity for students to participate in a mock summit meeting. The class is divided into small work groups that prepare position papers explaining their country's position on an issue. Then, the issue groups come together and negotiate on concessions or compromises that are consistent with the nation's past actions and philosophy. Realism is encouraged in the role play. (GEA)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Diplomatic History, Disarmament, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), History Instruction, Instructional Materials, International Relations, Lesson Plans, National Security, Peace, Political Science, Politics, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Treaties, Videotape Recordings, War, World Affairs
Educational Publications, Close Up Foundation, 1235 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 ($7.00; $14.00 for both booklets plus $4.25 postage and handling; $199.00 for set of 4 videotapes, $75.00 for individual tapes, add 10% postage and handling for tapes).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Close Up Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Location: United States; USSR