(PD Title No. HIS3712E)

The Cold War: Media as a primary resource in teaching American history

Proficiency Level: Mastery

Subject(s):Social Science

Grade(s): 10,11,12,CC

Hours: 30.00


Description: This course reinforces skills for teaching the Cold War era (1946-1988) in secondary social studies. In the course, participants examine the use of various media as a primary resource for classroom instruction and strengthen their content knowledge about the international political events of this period in history. Brief attention is given to domestic events of the period. All content is aligned with the Alabama Course of Study for Social Studies, Grades 10-12.  Participants will leave the course with a unit teaching plan for teaching the Cold War.

The design of this course is based upon ongoing research from the field of online professional development. It encourages participation in a vibrant online community of practice as an integral part of the learning process. The length of the course is purposefully designed to immerse participants in a sustained consideration of content knowledge and instructional practice.


Pre-requisites: This is a course for secondary teachers, curriculum specialists, and others who wish to become more knowledgeable in the specified content area and in using web tools for teaching secondary social studies. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and the internet. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.


Objectives: There are three main goals for this course:

(1) Strengthen teacher content knowledge in social studies, especially related to the Cold War the causes of the Cold War, consequences, and other content specifics as identified in the Grade 10-12 Alabama Course of Study;
(2) Investigate and use primary Cold War era media as an instructional resource for engaging students and teaching American history;
(3) Develop a standards-based Cold War unit teaching plan for use in the secondary social studies classroom.