How to make things stick: True/false

Helping students to revise historical details

Students recap by only copying statements they believe to be true. A number of statements from last week’s or month’s lessons are put forward by the teacher, on the black board or on pieces of paper that are stuck to the wall. Students copy only the statements they believe to be true, followed by a class discussion where they explain their choice.

When studying the Cold War, these statements can be used and added to:

  1. The Cold War is the name given to the relationship that developed primarily between the USA and the USSR after World War Two.
  2. Among major crises of the Cold War are the Cuban Missile Crisis, Thailand, Hungary and the Berlin Wall.
  3. Many saw the growth in weapons of mass destruction as the most worrying issue.
  4. A clash of very different beliefs and ideology – pacifism versus communism – each held with almost religious conviction, formed the basis of an international power struggle.
  5. America and the Soviet Union ever fought the other during the Cold War but they did ‘fight’ for their beliefs using client states who fought for their beliefs on their behalf.

Acknowledgements: Richard McFahn and Neil Bates.

Image: Nevit Dilmen; CC BY-SA 3.0.

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