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Alliance Systems

Chet Geering

Description

Students will be able to process information on the alliance systems that developed during the early phases of the Cold War. They will be asked to evaluate the value of each alliance and to complete a set of short-answer questions.

Objectives

The student analyzes major historical events of the first half of the 20th century.

Materials

- WORLD HISTORY THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE. New York: Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2001.
- Copies of short-answer questions for students (See attached file)
- Pen or pencil
- Dry erase board
- Dry erase markers
- Access to copy machine

Preparations

1. Read text Chapter 32 (or appropriate chapter).
2. Make one copy of the questions for each student.

Procedures

1. Ask students, -What does NATO stand for?- (Answer: North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
2. Put the answer on the board.
3. Ask students, -What countries were the original members of NATO?- (Answers: United States, Canada, Iceland, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, West Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and France)
4. Ask students, -What is collective security?- (Answer: If one nation is attacked, then all of the other members come to the defense of the attacked nation.)
5. Put the answer on the board.
6. Ask students, -What country was the main antithesis of NATO?- (Answer: Soviet Union)
7. Put the answer on the board.
8. Ask students, -Did the Soviet Union also have a collective security arrangement? If so, what was it called? (Answer: Yes, the Warsaw Pact)
9. Put the answers on the board.
10. Ask students, -What countries do you think belonged to the Warsaw Pact?- (Answers: Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Rumania, and Albania)
11. Ask students, -Did the Soviet Union have any other collective security alliances?- (Answer: No)
12. Ask students, -Did the United States belong to any other collective security alliances?- (Answer: Yes)
13. Ask students, -Can you name these other collective security alliances?- (Answers: SEATO, CENTO, and ANZUS)
14. Tell the students (and write the answers on the board) that SEATO means South East Asia Treaty Organization. Tell the students that the members are the following: United States, United Kingdom, France, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.)
15. Tell the students (and write the answers on the board, that CENTO means Central Treaty Organization. The members include the United States, United Kingdom, Pakistan, and Turkey.

16. Tell the students (and write the answers on the board) that ANZUS means Australia, New Zealand and United States.
17. Ask students, -What are the advantages to collective security?- (Answers will vary, but list them on the board.)
18. Ask students, -What are some disadvantages to collective security?- (Answers will vary, but list them on the board.)
19. Students answer questions about the lesson.
20. Teacher evaluates answers to questions.

Assessments

1. Students will be assessed by completing a series of short-answer questions on the topics covered in class.
2. The teacher can also informally evaluate the students by monitoring and encouraging their participation in class discussion.

Attached Files

Support Materials     File Extension: pdf

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