Becoming Visible

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 project and a multimedia presentation, conduct research, and write letters, journals, and poetry. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Present the film adaptation of Death of a Salesman to give learners a picture of typical life in mid-twentieth-century America
  • Have small groups research a cultural phenomenon that was popular in the 1950s, such as baseball or jazz
Classroom Considerations

  • Print the timeline and author biographies for students to read along
Pros

  • Includes a thorough overview of the unit with clear learning objectives
  • There are a lot of engaging activities and teaching tips to choose from
  • Provides a glossary, selected bibliography, and additional resources
Cons

  • None