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American-Soviet Space Race as a Product of the Cold War

David Bisset, Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach, VA)
Joan Murray, Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach, VA)
Meghan Van Horne, Independence Middle School (Virginia Beach, VA)

Edited by John Sturtz, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

General Topic

Space

Specific Topic

American-Soviet Space Race as a Product of the Cold War

Objectives

Students will understand that Cold War tension between the United States and the Soviet Union manifested itself in various events during the second half of the twentieth century, such as space exploration. Students will know . . . (more)

Virginia Standards of Learning

  • VUS.12 The student will demonstrate knowledge of United States foreign policy since World War II by . . . (more)

Historical Context

The Space Race was a product of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union during the second half of the twentieth century. Space became a critical sphere for the rivalry as each side tried to demonstrate its technological prowess. (more)

Transcript

  • Fly Me To The Moon, November 21, 1962.

    First 15 slides of dialogue only (stopping at “WEBB: Why can’t it be tied to preeminence in space, which are your own words?”)

Additional Resources

Teacher/Student Activity

The teacher will display various objects that were developed as a result of space exploration on a desk or table at the front of the classroom for students to see. As a “do-now” activity, students will examine the objects and try to determine the connection among them. (more)

Assessment

Students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of space exploration in general, and the American-Soviet space race as a product of the Cold War specifically, both formally and informally. Formative, informal assessment will occur through the asking and answering of probing questions throughout the class period by both teacher and students. Summative, formal assessment will occur through the students’ writing of a dialogue about space exploration. Additionally, formal assessment will occur through completion of the “L” column of the K-W-L at the end of the class period.