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Eisenhower: The Contentious 1950s
Students explore 1950's America. In this American history lesson, students research the McCarthy hearings, Civil Rights, war fatigue, and economic issues of the decades. Students respond to discussion questions about topics.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 19 Downloads
The Theme of Rebellion in the 1950s as it Occurs in the Arts
Young scholars identify several features of the historic/social/cultural background of the 1950s. They sing and perform a percussion accompaniment to "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran and create artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 72 Downloads
The Technological Impact on 1950's Culture
Students examine the impact of technological advancements on Cold War America. In this 1950's America lesson, students research politics, Cold War society, suburbia, and consumerism during the decade in order to better understand American societal change after World War II.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 44 Views 155 Downloads
Women in the 1950s
Students learn about suburban communities in the 1950s. In this women studies instructional activity, students watch a Power Point presentation about suburban communities in the 1950s. Students look at images from the 1950s and discuss what they think life was like for suburban women.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
Teens will get a kick out of this presentation, which provides a glimpse of the consumerism and rising pop culture of 1950's America. They will especially appreciate the discussion of "Teen culture" including the music of Elvis, the writings of Salinger, and the rebellion against "whatever you've got.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 33 Views 144 Downloads
Levittown, Automobiles, and Cultures of the 1950's
Learners investigate the impact of the automobile on Americans. In this 1950's America lesson, students listen to audio clips, read about Levittown, and explore the Interstate Highway Act from the decade. Learners then discuss their impressions of 1950's culture and write essays on the topic.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 51 Downloads
Into the Fifties: Understanding the Context of Film Genres in the Fifties
Students discuss prior knowledge of American culture during the 1950's. They complete KWL charts, participate in class discussions and view the documentary film Atomic Café. They record their observations from the film.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 5 Views 13 Downloads
The Movement Beyond Martin
Students investigate the context, issues, important people, and outcomes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. They attempt to answer the essential question, "Would the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 60's have happened if Martin Luther King, Jr.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History 14 Views 83 Downloads
Rock n' Rollin in the '50s
Young scholars explore the culture of the United States in the 1950's. In this history lesson plan, students research culture in the 1950's, with a focus on fashion, music, television, automobiles, etc., then work in groups to create a presentation to share their findings with the class.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 56 Downloads
The Impact on the Automobile
Young scholars examine the impact of the automobile on the growth of the suburbs. In this 1950's America lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation regarding the decade. Young scholars then create car advertisements that feature the impact of the automobile on American society.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History 4 Views 18 Downloads
Corner of the Carpet
Learners examine the socioeconomic conditions in Montgomery, Alabama in the late 1950's including the poverty and living condition of the blacks during this time by watching a documentary. They determine how these living conditions lead to the Civil Rights Movement in America.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads
1950's Scavenger Hunt
High schoolers interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this presidential election lesson, students research the social, political, and economic changes that took place in 1950's America.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 13 Downloads