The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

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Cold War - Major Events of the Cuban Missile Crisis

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Have students create a timeline of the events that culminated in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 under President John F. Kennedy. Students will outline and define the events that led to both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. being on the brink of nuclear war. This will highlight major global policies and negotiations that took place to avoid conflict and nuclear destruction. In addition, this will help summarize the growing tensions that existed between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. when Kennedy took office, and elucidate how the Cold War was a continuous ideological conflict.

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Extended Activity
Have students create a timeline of events affecting the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, led by Fidel Castro. This will highlight America’s sour relationship with the small, communist nation and how the U.S. responded over the years. Students should try to also connect to current day events, i.e. the Cuban embargo being lifted and improved relations with Cuba in 2015.


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Create a timeline detailing events leading up to and during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add cells to your timeline as needed.
  3. List out each of the events in sequential order.
  4. In the description boxes, describe the events.
  5. Create an image in each cell that depicts the events, using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save the storyboard and submit it to the assignment.
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