Cold War: Rising Tension and Conflict


Your group is to assemble, organize, synthesise and analyse information on the following:

  • The countries involved in the struggle in which your area/country is involved at this time
  • The leaders involved
  • The policy goals of the leaders and countries
  • A clear explanation of where the struggle fits in the context of the Cold War and how your country or area is a piece of that puzzle. Think strategy – how are the superpowers “playing the game” when it comes to the country or area you’re researching? What’s in it for them?
You must also answer some questions specific to your group.


After the assembly, organization, and synthesis/analysis of the information is complete, you must present it in a logical and coherent manner to the class on the assigned day. You will have 20 minutes of your classmates’ duly polite attention. Perhaps afterward, you will also have their gratitude for the fantastic job you did enlightening them!
Assignment 1 - Presentation: You and your group will be presenting information on your area/country to the class.
You will have 15 – 20 minutes to cover your topic. You will need to cover the 5 ws {who, what, why, where and when} and more {pretty much everything that you researched}. This needs to be an in depth analysis of your area/country, so think critically and go beyond the questions! Explain why your area/event is important in the global historical context.
Your presentation must include:
  • Every group member participating
  • A PowerPoint/wiki/or other form of media presentation is a requirement – remember that everyone has a laptop
  • You must make your presentation interesting – do not just stand and lecture
  • Some form of assignment to ensure that the audience is attentive
  • You will need to provide some sort of information – whether you have your peers taking notes or a handout {your instructor will photocopy a class set, providing your handout is in a hardcopy form and in their hands at least 1 day before your presentation date}

Ensure that you maximize all the abilities in your group!
Assignment 2 – Peer Task: 1 Component
Your group must provide some sort of assignment that assists in note-taking

  • This may be in the form of a question sheet, paragraph response, or something more novel (talk to your instructor). No essays to be assigned!
  • The class must be able to complete the assignment through your presentation, through readings or via your handouts – your “students” should be able to complete the assignment based on what you teach them.
  • The assignment should be able to be completed overnight, not over a couple of days



Assignment 3 – Wiki:
Last, but not least, as a group, you must create an informative wiki based on the same material as your presentation. Think of it as an accompanying document to your presentation that will exist as a resource well after your group has presented.

Assessment on Presentation

Criteria
A
  • demonstrates thorough learning about subject
  • sophisticated content that provides insight, detail, and support
  • includes all key information and/or facts
  • displays excellent and appropriate skills (mapping, labelling, PowerPoint design guidelines)
  • focuses material consistently throughout
B
  • demonstrates very good learning about subject
  • content that provides insight, detail, and support
  • includes key information and/or facts
  • displays very good appropriate skills (mapping, labelling, PowerPoint design guidelines)
  • focuses material
C+
  • demonstrates good learning about subject
  • content provides some insight, detail and support
  • includes good information and/or facts
  • displays good skills (mapping, labelling, PowerPoint design guidelines)
  • focuses most material
C
  • demonstrates adequate learning about subject
  • content that provides detail and support
  • includes relevant information and/or facts
  • displays consistent skills (mapping, labelling, PowerPoint design guidelines)
  • focuses some material
C-
  • demonstrates limited learning about subject
  • content that provides some detail and support
  • includes limited information and/or facts
  • displays inconsistent or inappropriate skills (mapping, labelling, PowerPoint design guidelines)
  • focus of material is inconsistent
I
  • demonstrates little learning about subject
  • content that provides little or no detail and support
  • includes inadequate or incorrect information and/or facts
  • displays inadequate or incorrect appropriate skills (mapping, labelling, PowerPoint design guidelines)
  • struggles to find focus

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