This product offers students a chance to research and discuss some of the people and events from the McCarthy Era for study prior to the viewing of the movie, "good night, and good luck". It also includes eight open-ended questions for post-viewing discussions.
The ideas and discussion questions in this lesson also can be used in conjunction with my PowerPoint: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Journalism-Murrow-vs-McCarthy-PowerPoint-81664. Teachers may choose any of the names and incidents from the slide presentation to emphasize by using the research aspect as well as the discussion questions that compose this activity.
I always find the PowerPoint presentation serves as an information-rich appetizer to the movie.
Twentieth Century United States History and United States Government teachers could augment a study of the 1950's with this movie and the slide presentation.
However teachers choose to use this product, it raises some interesting comparing and contrasting the middle of the 20th century with contemporary national and international events issues.
For a PowerPoint about Murrow and McCarthy, check out
Journalism-Murrow vs. McCarthy PowerPoint
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