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More EDSITEment U.S. History Student Interactives: Spanish-American War through Cold War

U.S. Troops wading through water and Nazi gunfire during the D-day landing on June 6, 1944.
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U.S. Troops wading through water and Nazi gunfire during the D-day landing on June 6, 1944.

Did you know that EDSITEment’s lesson plans are rich in engaging student activities that can be used in a variety of contexts? Here’s the second post dedicated to our U.S. History interactives, with role-playing activities, timelines, and maps for teaching history up to and including the Cold War.

The Spanish–American War: Web Quest—Role-play interactive in which students take on the various roles of magazine journalists and research both sides of war in order to determine if the nickname "the splendid little war" was justified and to consider how this one war changed American diplomacy forever.

America on the Sidelines: The United States and World Affairs, 1931–1941—Interactive timeline designed to illustrate the U.S. response to crises in Europe and East Asia during the years 1931–1941.

World War II Diplomacy: Europe through the Course of the War—Interactive map showing the shifting territorial gains, losses, and shifting alliances from June 1941 to February 1945.

North Africa and Southern Europe Map—Interactive map tracing the progress of the Allied troops in North Africa and Southern Europe.

Interactive Map with D-Day Invasion of Normandy—Interactive map showing students the locations of major events that took place during WWII in Europe.

Cold War Europe—Interactive map showing the sequence of events in Europe during the early years of the Cold War, as well as their geographic locations.

Cuban Missile Crisis—Role-play interactive that puts the student in the place of President Kennedy. Students decide among several options for responding to the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.