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The Civil Rights Movement: Grades 9-12

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, with its sit-ins, boycotts, and marches, became a model of using civil disobedience to affect change. This collection of unit plans, lesson plans, interactives, videos, and activities...
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The 1950s:

For Teachers 8th - 11th
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...
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The Atomic Age: Living in the 1950s with the Threat of a Nuclear War

For Teachers 10th - 12th
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...
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Eisenhower: The Contentious 1950s

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore 1950's America. In this American history lesson, students research the McCarthy hearings, Civil Rights, war fatigue, and economic issues of the decades. High schoolers respond to discussion questions about topics.
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Women in the 1950s

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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...
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The Technological Impact on 1950's Culture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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What Is the Attraction of the 1950s?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders, using HyperStudio or PowerPoint, select the ten most important events that happened in the 1950s.
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1950's Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students encounter how to work together as a group to accomplish a common goal. They gain more experience in doing research using library reference materials as well as internet sources. Each group is responsible for making a bulletin...
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Eisenhower: The Contentious 1950's

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the various domestic and international problems in the 1950s. They conduct research, write a script, and role-play a family discussing issues at the table at dinnertime in the 1950s.
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TV in the 1950's

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students reflect on how television has changed daily living from the 1950's to now.  In this research lesson, students complete Internet research on what life was like without TV in the 1950's and then create commercials on how they...
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Wings, Chrome, and Tailfins: Automobiles of the 1950s

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students study the automobile industry. In this cultural history lesson plan, students explore 1950s America as they view a teacher-created PowerPoint presentation regarding the 1950s. Students research how the automobile changed the...
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Becoming Visible

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The television and interstate highways both came of age in 1950s America. Scholars use film, text, and discussion to explore how these and other cultural icons shaped the literature of the time. Pupils also create a family history...
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Civil Rights and the 1950s

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Social Dances through Time

For Teachers 9th
We're going way back to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to discuss pop culture, entertainment, and social dance. Kids discuss the top headlines from those time periods and how music, culture, and dance influence each other and evolve over...
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Society in the 1950s (1)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive American history worksheet, high schoolers answer 11 multiple choice questions regarding 1950's America. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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America in the 1950's

For Students 5th - 8th
In this America in the 1950's worksheet, students read about housing, education, entertainment, and the Cold War in the 1950s. Students then answer 5 questions about this time.
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Chapter 20 Section 1: 1950's America

For Students 8th - 12th
In this 1950's America learning exercise, students read assigned textbook pages on the topic and respond to 10 short answer questions about 1950's America.
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Society in the 1950s (5)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students respond to 8 matching questions regarding 1950's America. Students may check their answers immediately.
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Chapter 22 – The 1950s

For Students 9th - 12th
In this 1950's America worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages about the decade and respond to 47 short answer questions.
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US History and Government Examination: January 2013

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
While the 1950s seemed to be a time of peace and prosperity, Sputnik, the Korean War, and the Montgomery bus boycott were symptoms of the turmoil that loomed under the surface. Using documents, class members investigate what these events...
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Make a T-Chart: Mood of the 1950’s

For Students 8th - 12th
In this 20th century American history activity, students view video clips about the 1950's and complete the graphic organizer regarding popular culture during the decade.  
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The Brief American Pageant: The Eisenhower Era

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Starting with the election results of Eisenhower over Stevenson in 1952, this presentation features additional maps about the elections of 1956 and 1960, with electoral votes by state. Additional slides detail the Far East (Vietnam,...
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The Red Scare in the 1950's

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students can learn about the Red Scare, McCarthyism, and other related topics with lesson plans that focus on the 1950's and communism.
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What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen?

For Students 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...

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