We found 523 reviewed resources for 1950s
What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen?
6 mins 9th - 12th
Who was Joseph McCarthy and why is his name synonymous with witch hunts? What were the factors that permitted the political repression of the 1950s to flourish? Could the same thing happen today? An intriguing video traces the rise and...
Into the Fifties: Understanding the Context of Film Genres in the Fifties
9th - 12th
Young scholars 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.
Consumer Culture in the 1950s: New Shopping Centers and Advertising trends
Eleventh graders analyze the cultural and social aspects of the 1950s. Using primary source documents, they work together to determine what society was like. They use that information to write an essay about how their information...
The Day The Earth Stood Still: Historical and Cultural Context
6th - 10th CCSS: Adaptable
Watch the Skies! Duck and Cover! Project Blue Book! Film, as a reflection of historical, cultural, and social issues, are the focus of the final lessons in a film unit that uses primary source documents and Robert Wise's 1951 version of...
Integration of Education and American Society
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
How did the struggle for Civil Rights during the 1950s transform American society and politics? Why are American schools integrated today? Class members explore these essential questions by examining a series of primary and secondary...
Understanding JFK's Presidency through his Speeches
8th - 12th
Students reflect and discuss the major events that happened in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In this U.S. History instructional activity, students read and analyze the famous speeches during this time frame, then complete...
20th Century Civil Rights Movement Documentary: A Multimedia Project
5th - 8th
Groups collaborate to create historical documentaries. In this American Civil Rights lesson, groups research primary and secondary sources about the events and people pertinent to the movement in the 1950s and 1960s. They then use...
Flivers and Tailfins: The Evolution of American Automobiles
8th - 11th
Students evaluate the effects of the automobile on American society in the 1920s and 1950s. In this technology and society instructional activity, students research topics in groups. Students synthesize their findings by creating a...