Activity Overview

In this activity, students will use a spider map to identify the major components of the Korean War. This will provide perspective on how the Cold War was shaped by the many proxy wars of the 20th century. The Korean War itself was an indirect conflict between the two superpowers, and would reveal both countries’ dedicated stance on preserving and spreading their ideologies and control. Students will be able to connect and explain how this “hot” war directly correlates with the overall Cold War.

Extended Activity
Have students identify and explain the major components of the Chinese Civil War, between Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong. Students should be able to draw connections between the Soviets’ aid to Chinese Communists, and how this also helped influence Soviet aid to the Korean conflict. Students may use a Spider Map to explain the major thematic components behind the war.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a 5W analysis of the Korean War: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title box for each cell, type Who, What, When, Where and Why.
  3. In the descriptions, answer the question.
  4. Create an image for each cell with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Image Attributions
  • Ghost Soldiers • Don McCullough • License Attribution (
  • Korean War • San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives • License No known copyright restrictions (
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