Lesson Plan

Back to the Past

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What was the Untied States like in 1938? What were the concerns of Americans in the post World War I era? What were their fears? What were their sources of news and entertainment? To understand the reaction to Orson Welles' radio broadcast of War of the World groups research various aspects of American culture and the power of radio in 1938 and present their findings to their classmates.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin by playing the audio of a old radio show
  • Present just the audio of a recent news broadcast
  • Home group experts share their findings in a jigsaw activity
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Common Core