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Activity Overview


In order to better understand the Truman Doctrine, it's helpful for students to analyze Truman’s own words and principles in regards to how the President wanted to guide foreign policy in response to Soviet influence directly from the document. Using a chart storyboard, students will examine direct quotes and break down what each quote means in their own words. This will help serve as a way for students to connect with the document and better understand how Truman conducted foreign policy.

Students may als consider extending their storyboard to include a third row that outlines the reactions to these ideas, determining whether other countries complied with the proposals and the effects the Truman Doctrine had on foreign relations.


Extended Activity

Have students read and analyze another president’s principles regarding foreign policy. Option and ideas are endless, however some key presidential principles that may be connected include President Bush’s statements post-9/11, as well as immediate presidential policies following Truman.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/1] Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/2] Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a storyboard analyzing excerpts from the Truman Doctrine.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Paste or type three excerpts from the Truman Doctrine into the description boxes in the top row.
  3. In the row below, summarize and analyze what each quote means in the description boxes.
  4. Create illustrations for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, and items to help visualize the analysis.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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