-Discuss what foreign policy is...based on previous learning from the current unit we are involved in. Challenge students with a "relationship" issue for which they can personally relate.
-Discuss how students believe this issue should be resolved...and...examine how any policy we would create for this "relationship" issue would set a precedent for future "issues" that might arise. The "issue" will be based on what is going on in relation to student personal lives at the time.
-Discuss quotes...What direction might these quotes lead our nation? See quotes mentioned above in the lesson objective.
-Read timely newspaper articles involving President Truman supporting the UN Charter. New York Herald Tribune, June 27, 1945.
-Read parts of the Charter of the United States
-Read the UN Declaration of Human Rights
*Process all of the above readings together...if needed...work through these documents one paragraph at a time.
-Complete a review/analysis/evaluation of these documents. (See guide below)
-Discuss the direction these documents would lead the U.S. in relation to world nations. Discuss these documents in relation to the quotes previously examined.
-Read the Truman Doctrine.
*Process this document as a class...if needed...work through this document one paragraph at
-Complete a review/analysis/evaluation of this document. (See guide below)
-Examine the focus of this doctrine.
-Evaluate the impact that this document might have on our interactions in the world today.
For students wishing to go into greater depth with regard to the foreign policy programs initiated or promoted during the Truman Administration...have them explore the list below to determine how they may have set policy trends.
-The Potsdam Conference
-The Marshall Plan
-The support for a nation of Israel
-the Korean War
*If a student chooses to extend beyond the actual assignment...have them consider the following questions:
What was the purpose of this plan, conference, conflict, etc?....What was achieved? What lasting impact did this event have on our current foreign and international policies?
-Examine speech of President George W. Bush after 9-11 at ground zero...Where did the bones of this message perhaps come from? (Watch student found video and review student found text)
-Examine President Obama's promotion of the Iran Nuke Treaty. (Watch student found video and review student found text...in addition to USA TODAY accounts from 7-15 and 16-2015)...Where did the bones of this message perhaps come from?
-Examine one more current topic relating to Foreign policy...Student choice...from NET.
-Complete a review/analysis/evaluation of these documents/ videos. (See guide below).
*For those wishing to explore further...consider
Kennedy and the Cold War
The Vietnam War policy
The 1980 Summer Olympics Boycott
The END of the Cold War
The initial Gulf War
The most recent Gulf War
The war on terrorism
Anything else that might pop up currently
-I will wrap things up with a discuss about the significance of President Truman in setting Foreign Policy/ International Relations policy.
-Finally...we will re-visit the "relationship" issue from day one...So...Where do we go from here?
The format for the review/analysis/evaluation of documents will be:
Document or Article Examined:
Sum up what you have read:
What are your views of what you have read?:
How does what you have read relate to the topic we are exploring?:
After reading this document or article...identify two additional questions that come to mind that you are curious about.
What role do you believe President Truman and his Administration had in relation to stimulating
a foreign policy plan that created or promoted a blueprint for the future?
How does our current foreign policy/ international relations tie in to the activities initiated during the Truman Administration?