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Ford, Carter, and the Economic Malaise

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover 1970s America in an incredibly engaging and enlightening manner with this resource, which primarily details the major economic landscape of the decade of the period and the volatile presidency of Jimmy Carter. Topics covered...
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John Lennon’s Imagine and the Vietnam War in the 1970’s

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students analyze the song Imagine. In this Vietnam era instructional activity, students listen to and analyze the intention and meaning of Lennon's song "Imagine." They discuss what they think Lennon meant and how the song interplays...
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Energy Crisis: Then and Now

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Using political cartoons, scholars analyze the energy crisis of the 1970s and '80s, comparing and contrasting it to current tensions with oil. Display the 6 cartoons (linked) to the class, and demonstrate analysis using the worksheet...
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Culture of the 1970s

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What was so cool about the 1970s? Pop Rocks for one! Have the class put on their bell bottom pants and check out the popular films, TV, social movements, fashion, and technology of the 1970s. Major events of the time, such as Watergate,...
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1970's Quiz 2

For Students 5th - 10th
For this 1970's worksheet, students complete a quiz about the history and important events that took place in the 1970's. Students complete 20 short answer questions.
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1970's Artifacts Analysis

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the impact of popular culture on Americans. In this 1970's America lesson, students view and identify artifacts from the decade at a selected Web site. Students then discuss their impressions of 1970's culture.
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Egalitarian America

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What does a true American represent? Scholars investigate the equal rights era of the 1960s and 1970s in the 20th installment of a 22-part series on American history. Using photographic, magazine, written, and video evidence, groups...
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The Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and Today

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Discover the fascinating history of the Equal Rights Amendment and discuss the major implications and considerations associated with it today. Here you will find background information on the topic, a graphic organizer summarizing...
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Unit 1: Children’s Letters to President Carter

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
If young historians could ask the president to make one change, what would it be? Budding activists consider this question using letters to Jimmy Carter written during the energy crisis of the 1970s. After they examine handwritten...
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The 1970s in America

For Teachers 9th
In this 1970s worksheet, 9th graders answer ten questions with a word or phrase, decide which event (in three different pairs) occurred first, then link two groups of words together by writing what they share in common.
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Concept Formation/Life in a Box: The Turbulent 60's and 70's

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Learners examine 1960's and 1970's America. In this contemporary history instructional activity, students examine images, texts, and documents that provide a glimpse into American politics during the decades. Learners then conduct...
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The Brief American Pageant: The Stalemate Seventies

For Teachers 9th - 11th
A glimpse of the political and economic contexts of the 1970's, this series of slides includes two graphs (median family income and Consumer Price Index) and a map that details the results of the 1972 Nixon-McGovern Presidential...
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1970's Oil Crisis

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars understand the causes of the 1970's oil shortage. They explore the effects of the oil crisis on the economy and consumer. They demonstrate the personal effect of the crisis on the consumer. They discuss the impact of oil...
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Chapter 26 – The 1960s & 1970s Counterculture

For Students 9th - 12th
In this 1960's and 1970's America worksheet, learners read assigned textbook pages regarding the counterculture and respond to 41 short answer questions.
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Finding Our Place in Time

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students utilize interviewing skills of an historian to research the time period of the 1970's. They use prior knowledge of the 1960's to explain the mood of the country in the 1970's.
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Chapter 27 – The 1970s

For Students 9th - 12th
In this 1970's America worksheet, high schoolers read assigned textbook pages about the decade and respond to 40 short answer questions.
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Dogtown and Z-Boys; Adapting to the Environment of the 1970's California

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the uses of natural and man made objects in our current society by researching skateboarding. In this environmental resources lesson, students view the skateboarding documentary "Dogtown and Z-Boys" and identify the...
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Jimmy Carter's "Crisis of Confidence" Speech

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Who was Jimmy Carter, and what is he well-known for? Explore the presidency of Jimmy Carter with this instructional activity. High schoolers analyze primary sources (included) and compare the energy crisis of the 1970s to today's energy...
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Sondheim: Voice of Cultural Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore Stephen Sondheim's contributions to musical theatre in the context of the dramatic cultural shift that occurred in American life in the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
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The Fed's Role in Making and Setting Monetary Policy: Part 1

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
How does inflation affect the economy, and how can effective monetary policy by the Federal Reserve help control inflation? With the Fisher equation and analysis of annual CPI rates during the 1970s and early 1980s, your class members...
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Cold War Paragraph

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
By the end of the 1970s, who was "winning" the Cold War? Your young historians will make an argument on this topic in a very well structured paragraph, focusing on either the political, technological, or economic competition between the...
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New Year's Eve: 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989

For Teachers 6th - 12th
How was December 31, 1959 different than December 31, 2009? Young historians explore the political, social, and musical forces in the world made New Year's Eve a different experience during each decade of the 20th century. After groups...
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The Great Inflation: A Historical Overview and Lessons Learned

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Your young economists will explore the roots of fears about high inflation by learning the effects of rising prices during the world wars and in particular the Great Inflation of the 1970s.
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Civil Rights Protest and Dilemmas

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
To gain a deeper understanding of the dilemmas faced by protesters during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s, class members listen to the oral histories of two protestors: a young black girl and a white Vietnam vet teaching...

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