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The 1980s Series - Breakdancing

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students examine how breakdancing influenced Keith Haring. They translate a flat image into movement. They breakdance along to music of the 1980's to experience the energy and innovation of that decade. They create flipbooks of their own...
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Kidding Around In The 1980s

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students examine pop culture of the 1980s.  In this historical time period instructional activity, students view a Smurfs cartoon from the 1980s and discuss its similarities and differences to cartoons today.  Students work in groups to...
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The Economy in the 1980s

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Examine economic policies put into place during the Reagan administration. Pupils read an informational passage about the 1980s and the impact of the economic policies. They then respond to seven questions about the text. Consider...
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AC/DC: 1980s

For Students 7th - 12th
Music in the 80s includes the various lyrics and notes of AC/DC. While teaching a unit on the 80s, don't forget to include AC/DC during a discussion on pop culture. There are 10 multiple-choice questions about AC/DC in the 80s on this...
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The 1980's Series - Music

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students examine artwork by Keith Haring, and listen to music popular in the 1980s that influenced him. They develop storyboards, and film music videos for their favorite song.
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1980's Quiz 2

For Students 6th - 8th
In this 1980's quiz worksheet, middle schoolers answer a set of 10 questions. An answer key and links to additional activities are given. 
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A Society in Transition

For Students 9th - 12th
Cover the 1980s in your class with a brief informational text and seven related questions. The one-page reading passage includes general information about jobs and skills, population patterns, and the AIDS epidemic. 
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On This Day: ABSCAM

For Students Higher Ed
It started as a simple sting against low-level corruption, and it ended with the conviction of members of Congress. Class members enter the world of bribery and politics using video clips, including news reports from the 1980s and...
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VH1 Presents the 1980s - Lesson 3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify different genres of music popular in the 1980s. They study musicians of the 1980s examples of the songs that they made popular. They utilize a worksheet imbedded in this plan to categorize the music.
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Chapter 28 – The 1980s

For Students 9th - 12th
In this U.S. history worksheet, learners read assigned textbook pages describing 1980's America and respond to 49 short answer questions.
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The 1980s Series - Fashion

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students explore the cultural and creative phenomenons of the 1980s. They transform old clothes, model them and reflect on the process. They create a set as a backdrop and present a Fashion Show.
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Taxes in U.S. History: Tax Reform in the 1960s and 1980s

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain the content, purpose, and impact of the Tax Reform Acts of 1969 and 1986.
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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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A Shared Past: Parallels Between the 1930s And the 1980s

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Read an historical essay about parallels between the 1930s and the 1980s such as environmental concerns, crime rates, and economic problems. Apply inference skills to answer questions on a worksheet.
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Reagan-stock: The Unsung Protest Songs of the 1980's

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders create protest music about the 1980's.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders compare the present with the past.  Students perform their skit in front of the class. 
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Building Background Knowledge: The Dinka and Nuer Tribes Until the Mid-1980s (“Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War” Excerpt 1) (Version 1)

For Teachers 7th Standards
Readers consider comparisons between the Dinka and Nuer tribes in South Sudan, making connections between an informational article about Sudanese tribes and the novel A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. They annotate the text to help...
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Building Background Knowledge: The Dinka and Nuer Tribes Until the Mid-1980s (“Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War” Excerpt 2)

For Teachers 7th Standards
Scholars continue making connections between the article "Sudanese Tribes Confront Modern War" and A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. They talk with partners to discuss how the article helps them understand a character's point of...
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The Cold War Warrior Defending: The Moral Beacon of the World

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify President Reagan's domestic and foreign policy, describe America's attitude toward communism, list characteristics which endeared Reagan to the American people, and explain why some Americans spoke out against...
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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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Women and the Law Ladies of the 80's: 1780's, 1880's, 1980's

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine laws that have affected women in history: the 1780's, following the United States independence from England; the 1880's, the time of westward expansion, the silver/gold era, and the coming of the Industrial Revolution.
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Lessons for Hight School Music Classes: Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Art and music have been vehicles for statements of civil unrest for hundreds of years. Upper graders critically analyze several pop songs or music movements from the 1980s that exemplify politically charged motives. They analyze lyrics...
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The Economics of Ghostbusters

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How do the men of Ghostbusters represent entrepreneurship, the market economy, and government oversight? This video provides unique insight into the risks of startup companies, as well as the foundational features of a market economy,...
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Why is the Universe Flat?

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
British astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle first coined the term the Big Bang in 1950. The theory explains much of what we have observed in the universe, but it does leave some things unexplained. The video discusses the Cosmic Inflation theory...
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Reaganomics: A fix to the unemployment and inflation of the time

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
The 1980's was an interesting time for the American economic system. This presentation relates the lead to and the effects of Reaganomics, Trickle down economy, and Clintonomics. Embedded links, works cited, and images are included. A...

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