Do you need an activity that helps students understand the changes that occurred in America during the 1950's under President Eisenhower? If so, look no further!
This "America in the 1950s: The Eisenhower Era" Activity includes:
1) A graphic organizer and document-based activity that will help your students gain a deeper understanding of the changes that occurred in American society during Eisenhower's presidency. Students will be asked to analyze key topics such as the highway system, the baby boom, franchises and conglomerates, the Sun Belt, and "dynamic conservatism". Once completed, students will analyze a newspaper article that describes the impact that the Polio vaccine had on American society. Next, students will be asked to analyze a political cartoon featuring Eisenhower and Joseph McCarthy. This will ask them to think about the impact that the second red scare had on American politics. Once completed, your students will have a thorough understanding of what the Eisenhower Era was all about.
This activity can be used in many different ways in the classroom. Students can work independently, in pairs or this activity can be used as a jigsaw in order to facilitate a class wide discussion about the topics discussed in the activity.
2) A detailed answer key to the lesson activity to save you time and help guide student comprehension.
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America in the 1950's: The Eisenhower Era Bundle
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