Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis | A Mini Play


Through this lesson, students will immerse themselves in a mini-play that sheds light on the Kennedy era and the Cuban Missile Crisis. This mini-play is filled with drama and it draws from authentic conversations during the 13-day crisis, allowing students to role-play key events.

Pages: 8 pages + 13 slides

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With this lesson students will read a mini-play to learn about the Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The play uses dialogue from the actual meetings that occurred over the 13 days of the crisis. Students will re-enact the major events – using documents from Kennedy, Castro, and Khrushchev to uncover how the crisis unfolded. As an exit ticket, they’ll write a paragraph discussing why they think it occurred utilizing evidence from the mini-play.

Included in this resource:

  • A PowerPoint Version of the handout (editable)
  • A PDF Version of the handout (not editable)
  • A PowerPoint version and a Google Slides version of the presentation
  • A digital version of the lesson for completing in Google Classroom
  • A lesson plan with guidance for implementation


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