When Texas Saw Red: The Cold War Experience


New Lesson Plan - When Texas Saw Red: The Cold War Experience

For the Social Studies classroom, Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and Post-Secondary 

TAMI is pleased to announce the release of our newest lesson plan, “When Texas Saw Red: The Cold War Experience,” that complements our latest web exhibit.

Through the analysis of primary source archival footage from TAMI’s interactive web exhibit, “When Texas Saw Red,” students will demonstrate an understanding of the Cold War period that spanned nearly half a century.  Students will explore the politics of the atomic bomb and the policy of containment, propagated paranoia related to the spread of communism, the nuclear arms race and détente, as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall and decline of the USSR.  The Cold War period remains relevant today; its social, economic, and political impact on the United States and, more locally on Texas, requires critical examination and reflection.

Teachers will take students in grades 3 - 8 on a “guided tour” of “When Texas Saw Red,” where they will analyze various primary sources to better understand the events and themes of the Cold War.

Students in grades 9 – 12 and at the post-secondary level will create group presentations using primary source media to demonstrate their understanding of the Cold War era.