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The Theme of Rebellion in the 1950s as it Occurs in the Arts
Students 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 15 Views 73 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 36 Views 147 Downloads
New Review Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare
In the 1950s, how did the Red Scare and the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy affect the American people? Your young historians will analyze primary source documents on the Red Scare, participate in a "find the Communist" simulation, and role play as a special interest group that must determine whether Joseph McCarthy should be reelected to office.
11th Social Studies & History 7 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Eisenhower: The Contentious 1950s
Young scholars explore 1950's America. In this American history lesson plan, students research the McCarthy hearings, Civil Rights, war fatigue, and economic issues of the decades. Young scholars respond to discussion questions about topics.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 19 Downloads
The Technological Impact on 1950's Culture
Young scholars 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 45 Views 155 Downloads
Civil Rights and the 1950s
Take a closer look at "one of the most important periods of American social history: the 1950s," as well as the type of society that the civil rights movement would endeavor to change. This engaging video begins by detailing the era of suburbanization, rise of consumerism, and celebration of the middle class lifestyle during the decade, and then proceeds into an interesting discussion on contradictions of a consensus culture and the rigid segregation that also existed.
12 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
Women in the 1950s
Students learn about suburban communities in the 1950s. In this women studies lesson plan, 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
Cold War Era Film Censorship: High Noon- a Slice of Americana Or Communist
Learners study of the effects of the Cold War on the home front. They analyze the film High Noon according to an abbreviated version of the standards that films were judged by in the early 1950s and determine whether or not High Noon is "fit" to be released to the American public.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 17 Views 41 Downloads
New Review The House Un-American Activities Committee
Was the House Un-American Activities Committee justified in investigating subversive influences in the entertainment industry? Part two of the three-part series of lessons that examine the anti-communism movement after World War II, focuses on the HUAC investigation of the entertainment industry and the Hiss-Chambers Hearings.
9th - 12th Language Arts 11 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring The American Dream
What is the American Dream and how is it achieved? This lesson focuses in particular on the rise of the American Dream during the 1950s and includes a variety of primary sources for class members to interact with as they explore this idea and prepare for a Socratic seminar and a quick essay response.
10th - 12th Language Arts 66 Views 79 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Living History: Local Voices of the Civil Rights Movement
Your young historians will learn about the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the nature of Jim Crow laws from those in the community who experienced it first-hand.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 14 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 14 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
Lorna Simpson: Gathered
Lorna Simpson is a photographer who has put together a collection of photos from the 1950s in order to challenge the idea that primary source documents are objective in their portrayal of history. Learners are introduced to Ms. Simpson's art and philosophy as they take a critical look and examine bias throughout history.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
The Atomic Age: Living in the 1950s with the Threat of a Nuclear War
The threat of a Nuclear attack was very real for people in the 1950s. Share the hysteria, propaganda, and reasons behind this Cold War tactic gone overboard. A great presentation intended to build a context for understanding mid-century America.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Levittown, Automobiles, and Cultures of the 1950's
Students investigate the impact of the automobile on Americans. In this 1950's America instructional activity, students listen to audio clips, read about Levittown, and explore the Interstate Highway Act from the decade. Students then discuss their impressions of 1950's culture and write essays on the topic.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 51 Downloads