Lesson Plan Three (Student Resources)

The Faces of Communism and Terrorism


During the Cold War, communism was perceived as the greatest threat facing America. Since 9/11 and the launch of the War on Terror, terrorism has been perceived as a threat of the same importance. Each war has had a profound effect on our place in the world.

Vocabulary Needed

Patriot Act:
Passed in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, the law expanded the government's powers in anti-terrorism investigations in order to prevent future attacks.  Some of the most debated aspects of the law included more information sharing among government agencies, roving wiretaps, and warrants to search a home or business without immediately notifying the target of the probe. (Definition adapted from NPR.)

Cold War:
The term used to describe the relationship between America and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1980. Neither side ever fought the other - the consequences would be too appalling - but they did ‘fight’ using client states who fought for their beliefs and on their behalf e.g. South Vietnam VS North Vietnam and America supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union. (Adapted from History Learning Site).