SS.912.CG.4.2

Explain how the United States uses foreign policy to influence other nations.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Students will explain how the policies of other nations influence U.S. policy and society.

Clarification 2: Students will identify agencies of the U.S. government that contribute to its foreign policy agenda (e.g., National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency).

Clarification 3: Students will explain the advantages and disadvantages of how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) influence foreign policy (e.g., United States Agency for International Development, Red Cross, American Woman Suffrage Association, Amnesty International).

Clarification 4: Students will explain how U.S. trade policy influences its relationships with other nations (e.g., China, Saudi Arabia).

Clarification 5: Students will explain how the use of embargos and economic sanctions by the United States has affected other nations (e.g., Cuba, Iran, Syria).

Clarification 6: Students will explain the U.S. response to international conflicts.

General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 912
Strand: Civics and Government (Starting 2023-2024)
Status: State Board Approved

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2104320: Global Studies (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2104340: Women's Studies (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2104600: Multicultural Studies (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2106310: United States Government (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2019, 2019 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
2106320: United States Government Honors (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
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2106445: International Relations 2 Honors (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
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SS.912.CG.4.AP.2: Identify how the United States uses foreign policy to influence other nations.

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Lesson Plans

Cold War Alliances (2 of 3):

  • Students will be asked to identify the establishment of alliances during the Cold War. Links to two separate brief articles will be provided for students to learn about the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Warsaw Pact.
  • A guided chart will be included for students to track the alliance of numerous countries. After, students will answer an analysis question comparing the creation and membership of the two separate alliances.

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The Cuban Missile Crisis and U.S. Foreign Policy:

A general overview of the cause, events, and outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The lesson includes close look at foreign policy decisions made by President Kennedy helped to avoid nuclear war during the event.

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Democracy and U.S. Foreign Policy During the Cold War:

Students will become familiar with the creation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War. This lesson will introduce students to the creation of both the Marshall Plan and Truman Docrtine, and how they were both used as tools to contain the spread of communism.

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Part 2: From Refugees to Embassies: Ambassador James G. McDonald:

Through a two-part gallery walk activity students will view historical documents and investigate diplomatic efforts of governments and nongovernmental organizations to aid refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. Students will also learn about the diplomatic career of James G. McDonald preceding and including his service as the first U.S. Ambassador to the new State of Israel.

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Part 1: From Refugees to Embassies: Ambassador James G. McDonald:

Through a two-part gallery walk activity students will view historical documents and investigate diplomatic efforts of governments and nongovernmental organizations to aid refugees from Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. Students will also learn about the diplomatic career of James G. McDonald preceding and including his service as the first U.S. Ambassador to the new State of Israel.

 

 

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Non-governmental Agencies and U.S. Foreign Policy:

In this lesson, students will explore various nongovernmental agencies and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages associated with utilizing them as part of U.S. foreign policy.

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U.S Environmental Foreign Policy:

Students will explore how the environmental policies of different countries influence what we consume and how the sustainability of those products influence our society in this integrated lesson plan.

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The Future of Fission and Fusion:

Students will work collaboratively to investigate the current use of fission as an energy source in various nations across the world, as well as the safety risks associated. They will also explore the potential of fusion as a future energy source and how their assigned nation/organization interacts globally with the scientific community to further its progress.

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Video/Audio/Animations

Portraits in Patriotism - Alejandro Brice: Middle - High School:

Alejandro Brice and his family immigrated from Cuba at the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. His father was jailed as a counter-revolutionary sympathizer and upon release, the family fled the country. Dr. Brice shares his memories of his “freedom wings”, the culture shock of growing up in Ohio as immigrants, learning English in elementary school, watching his family start over, and becoming a U.S. Citizen. Dr. Brice is a college professor specializing in the education of immigrant children and English language learners.

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Portraits in Patriotism - Ivonne Blank: Middle and High School:

Ivonne Blank immigrated to the United States in 1961 as part of Operation Pedro Pan, the largest exodus on unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere. Ms. Blank talks about how difficult it was waiting for her parents and living in an orphanage in Denver, CO. Her parents later left the island by boat, were rescued by the Coast Guard, and resettled in the United States. After the family was reunited, they were able to rebuild their lives with support from their community. Ms. Blank went on to become a lifelong educator and U.S. citizen.

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