Moon Landings
  • The aim of this lesson is to explore the moon landings and the subsequent conspiracy theories which suggest it was faked and not real at all.
  • Students have to decide why it was so important for the USA to be the first to put a man on the moon and prioritise their reasoning using their knowledge of the Cold War
  • They analyse footage from the time and are introduced to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to emphasise this audacious achievement in 1969.
  • However they also analyse sources from the time and different interpretations making their own sustained judgements as to whether the moon landings were fake or fiction.
  • They finish with writing an extended piece on the evidence they have selected and are given some argument words to help if required.
  • The plenary required them to judge if further facts are fake or authentic news.
  • The central enquiry of this and subsequent lessons is to ask why did civilians fear for their lives during the Cold War? Students will map out their ideas each lesson (which can be plotted in different colours or dates to show the progress of their learning and centred around the key question) and build up a picture of how these and different countries in the world responded and acted in this new nuclear age.
  • The resource comes in PDF and Powerpoint formats if there is a wish to adapt and change and is differentiated. I have also included suggested teaching strategies to deliver the lesson.
  • This lesson is part of a bundle of lessons on the Cold War which can be found here:
  • Please review the resource and receive a Cold War key word display worth £2.50 if you do which can be found here:
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Created: Dec 14, 2019

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