Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

The Marshall Plan; What if it happened here?
Amy Turner
American History
Time Frame:
1 week
Marshall Plan
Cold War

Grade Levels:
9, 10, 11, 12

Classroom/Homework Activity to be performed:

Individual assignemnts using primary sources.


Students learn how to interpret and use primary sources

District, state, or national performance and knowledge standards/goals/skills met:

Using and interpreting primary sources to compare and contrast and use cause and effect.

Primary materials (book, article, video documentary, etc.) needed:

Truman Library website - www.trumanlibrary.org/marshallplan.html  to find, interpret, and utilize primary sources.

Full description of activity or assignment.

Students will choose several primary source documents relating to the Marshall Plan from the Truman Library website.
The instructor will supply the access to the documents by guiding the students through the site.
The students will decide how the US will determine what aid to accept in the event of massive natural disasters.
They will present their ideas to the class using information they obtained from the primary sources.

Full explanation of the assessment method and/or scoring guide:

Students must provide copies of the documents used. The notes, outline, and rough draft are due at the end
of week 1.  The finished product and bibliography is due at the end of week 2. Students may use half of each
class period during the week and may work at home on research and writing.
Students will present their projects to the class during the following week.
They will be graded on research and documentation (50%) and presentation(50%).