A teaching pack that enables students to engage critically and creatively with themes around the Cuban Missile Crisis, giving them an understanding of the experience of citizens and world leaders during this pivotal moment in human history, and reflecting on similarities and differences in the world today. The lessons are highly relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of History, Citizenship, Politics, English, and several other subjects, and are an excellent way to help meet SMSC, British Values and Prevent requirements.
This pack has been designated a Global Learning Resource by Think Global
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Dial M for Missile ‘…link[s] the uncertainties of our times with those of the Cuban Missile Crisis. By using historical stimuli to think across the curriculum and outside of the classroom, the resource prompts students to reflect critically and creatively on the world they live in.’
The pack comprises seven cross-curricular lesson plans, each with extension activities and differentiation suggestions:
Cuban Missile Crisis Timeline
Analysing historic and contemporary propaganda
Lesson Three – Code Makers and Breakers
Learning about encoding and decoding, creating their own, and considering the pros and cons of secrecy and surveillance today
Comparing and contrasting civil defence ideas – and responses to them – during the Cold War and today
Learning about nuclear bunkers, and deciding which items they would prioritise
Students put themselves in the shoes of world leaders during the Cuban Missile Crisis, in a strategic decision-making game (see also our suggestions for a present-day version)
Lesson Seven – The Peace Movement
Learning about the peace movement since the Cold War, including its successes and failures