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Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY

Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
Post-WWII - Watergate: 15 Favorite Lessons (1-15 of 45) RECENT AMERICAN HISTORY
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LESSON TITLES:
  1. United States and Europe after World War II
  2. Events in the Western Hemisphere
  3. United States and the Middle East
  4. Korean War
  5. Civil Rights Movement
  6. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  7. I Have a Dream Speech
  8. Achievements of African Americans
  9. Alaska and Hawaii Become States
10. Cuban Missile Crisis
11. Vietnam War
12. Supreme Court Cases
13. Congress Passes New Laws
14. Richard M. Nixon
15. Watergate Scandal

Detailed descriptions of these lessons are provided below.


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PRODUCT OVERVIEW:
Supplement the textbook and eliminate prep time with these 15 ready-to-use reproducible recent American history lessons focusing on key people and events following World War II through the Watergate scandal. Engage your students using a wide variety of high-interest activities for individuals, small groups, or the entire class. Most lessons can be finished in 1-2 class periods and include 4-5 activity sheets. Every lesson includes easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions with TIME, OBJECTIVE, and DIRECTIONS, along with an answer key and 20-question follow-up quiz, where applicable. The quizzes can be used to measure student progress or as homework assignments.

• reading comprehension
• vocabulary
• primary sources
• critical thinking/thought questions
• map exercises
• puzzles
• games
• contests
• illustrations
and more...


LESSON 1: United States and Europe after World War II

OBJECTIVE:
To understand U.S. foreign policy in Europe during the years immediately following World War II.

TIME:
1 class period

My kids really like this information-filled map exercise. I provide them with colored pencils to make it even more enjoyable. Students also fill in important events after World War II on a timeline during this activity.

Begin the lesson by giving each class member a copy of pages 1A - 1E. Have them tape pages 1D and 1E together to form a 2-page map showing Europe after World War II.

Class members read the first section entitled The Allies Make Plans for Peace, then complete the mapwork/timeline instructions that follow.

The lesson continues in the same way with other sections entitled:

• The Allies Make Plans for Peace
• Beginning of the Cold War
• The Iron Curtain
• Truman Doctrine
• Marshall Plan
• Berlin Airlift
• North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Warsaw Pact

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 2: Events in the Western Hemisphere

OBJECTIVE:
To study the relationship between the United States and neighboring countries during the second half of the 20th century (post World War II).

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students enjoy learning about Canada, The United States and Latin America, and Latin America Today by finding and circling key words, names, and terms in three fun word search puzzles. These words, names, and terms are then used to complete sentences about the United States and its neighbors.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 3: United States and the Middle East

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the role played by the United States in events in the Middle East during the post-World War II era.

TIME:
1 class period

SPECIAL NOTE:
This lesson includes one of the most popular and fun games I have ever written for my students. The kids love it and I really enjoy playing it with them. Expect excitement!

Students put the numbers 1 through 9 inside of the nine small corner spaces on the Game 1 form on page 3C. They are instructed to scramble the numbers, not put them in order.

Play begins when the teacher announces a number between 1 and 9. Class members put this number in the box next to question 1. They then read question 1 and choose which of the two underlined answers is correct. Once an answer is chosen, each student then finds the announced number on their game form and writes the answer in the large space next to it. Play continues in this way until five numbers have been announced and five answers have been filled in on the game form.

Following Game 1, papers are exchanged and correct answers read. Points are scored as follows: 10 points for each correct answer; 10-point bonus for three correct answers in a row –– either across, down, or diagonally. (Note: It is possible to earn two 10-point bonuses by having three right answers in a row in two different directions.)

Play continues in the same way for Games 2-4.

Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.

After all four games have been played, give each student a copy of page 3D to do as a quiz or homework assignment.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 4: Korean War

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the causes and major events of the Korean War.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students read through a story about the Korean War with sections entitled:

• Causes of the War
• Major Events of the War
• End of the War

During the reading, class members complete sentences by rearranging scrambled letters to form key words, names, and terms. Answers are then written in the spaces provided.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS:
This lesson can also be used as a contest or game.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 5: Civil Rights Movement

OBJECTIVE:
To review the major events of the civil rights movement of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students read through a series of sentences about the civil rights movement. During the reading, students must complete the sentences by filling in missing key words, names, and terms. Two or more letters are given as clues for each answer.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS:
This lesson can also be used as a contest or game.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 6: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the Brown case and the effect the decision had on American society.

TIME:
1 class period

Students begin this lesson by underlining key words, names, and terms as they read through information about the Brown case. This includes sections entitled:

• "Separate but equal"
• Segregated schools (with primary source)
• Reaction to the Brown decision
• Slow pace of desegregation
• Integration through busing

Once class members have finished the reading, it is time to play JEOPARDY! ...always a favorite game of my students

A large drawing of the gameboard is put on the board with five categories: SUPREME COURT, PLACES, WORDS AND TERMS, PEOPLE, and MISCELLANEOUS.

The class is divided into two teams. Someone from Team 1 is asked to pick a category and point value. For example, they might choose “SUPREME COURT for 20.” A question will then be asked about the Supreme Court of the United States. The first person on either team to raise their hand is called on. A correct answer earns the team 20 points. If an incorrect answer is given, or the person called on does not respond immediately, the other team can answer.

Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 7: I Have a Dream Speech

OBJECTIVE:
To explain the meaning of the words spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his “I Have a Dream” speech.

TIME:
30 minutes

Begin by reading the background information with the class about Martin Luther King, Jr., then go over the directions for the activity.

Listed on the lesson pages are seven quotations from the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Students read each passage, then explain in 3 to 5 sentences what they think Dr. King meant when he spoke these words during the summer of 1963. Class members can write their responses in the spaces provided.

Answers can be discussed later in the period.

This lesson is very good at helping students develop critical thinking skills while using a primary source.

Teacher Instructions included


LESSON 8: Achievements of African Americans

OBJECTIVE:
To highlight the accomplishments of African Americans during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

TIME:
1 class period

In this activity, students need to determine what words, names, and terms are missing from a series of sentences discussing achievements of African Americans in the following areas:

• Education
• Business
• Politics
• Sports
• The Arts
• Other Achievements

Class members will put their answers in the appropriate spaces on a crossword puzzle on page 8C. Some of the letters in the answers have already been filled in as clues on the puzzle to help the kids out.

GAME OPTION:
This lesson can also be presented in the form of a game involving the entire class. Divide the class into two teams. Start by asking Team 1 to give the answer to any one of the questions on the crossword. If a member of Team 1 gives a correct answer, that team earns 10 points. If Team 1 gives a wrong answer, Team 2 has a chance to answer any one of the questions on the puzzle. Teams 1 and 2 will take turns giving answers, and the same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team. Class members should fill in correct answers on the puzzle as they are given. The team that scores the most points wins the game.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 9: Alaska and Hawaii Become States

OBJECTIVE:
To learn about the events that led to the admission of Alaska and Hawaii to the Union.

TIME:
1 class period

You can begin this lesson by reading with the class the background information about Alaska and Hawaii becoming the 49th and 50th states.

Next, class members participate in a fun contest to see how much they know about Alaska and Hawaii. Each student must decide which state is being described in a series of sentences. They will fill in the spaces beside each sentence with "A" for Alaska and "H" for Hawaii.

NOTE: I usually say to my kids that the ten students with the most correct answers are the winners of the contest. They really enjoy it.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 10: Cuban Missile Crisis

OBJECTIVE:
To understand how events in Cuba brought the United States and Soviet Union closer to war than at any other time during the Cold War.

TIME:
30 minutes

Read with the class the introductory paragraphs that describe how the Cuban Missile Crisis began.

Students will then read through a chronology of events that occurred on the following dates:

• Tuesday, October 16, 1962
• Monday, October 22
• Tuesday, October 23
• Wednesday, October 24
• Thursday, October 25
• Friday, October 26
• Sunday, October 28

After reading and learning about events during the Cuban Missile Crisis, class members answer three Thought Questions to develop critical thinking skills. Student responses can be discussed later in the period.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 11: Vietnam War

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the causes, major events, and results of the Vietnam War.

TIME:
1 class period

This lesson includes four sections with information pertaining to the Vietnam War:

• Background/Early Events
• The Fighting Escalates
• Final Years of the War
• Results of the War

Within each section, students will read through a series of sentences and fill in the missing word, name, or term from a list that is provided.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS:
As the teacher, you can decide whether to use this activity as a contest, a game with competing teams, or an assignment for individuals. Class members might be given the option of working with one other student (always very popular in my class!) or by themselves.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 12: Supreme Court Cases

OBJECTIVE:
To understand how the Supreme Court works and how its decisions can have a lasting effect on American society.

TIME:
1 class period

Students begin this lesson by reading four paragraphs with background information about the Supreme Court of the United States.

Next, summaries of the following four landmark decisions are given:

• Engel v. Vitale (1962)
• Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
• Miranda v. Arizona (1966)
• Roe v. Wade (1973)

Each summary contains two sections entitled Background Information and The Decision, and is followed by five true/false questions for students to answer.

The lesson concludes with a Thought Question whereby each class member is asked to decide which of these four landmark Supreme Court decisions they think was of greatest importance. They must then write a paragraph explaining their choice. This helps to develop critical thinking skills.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


LESSON 13: Congress Passes New Laws

OBJECTIVE:
To understand how federal laws enacted since 1945 have influenced foreign policy, labor relations, transportation, education, civil rights, the economy, immigration, minorities, and the environment.

TIME:
1 class period

The lesson begins by reading with the class an introductory paragraph about how laws are passed.

Students then read information inside of box 1 and must decide which law -- of those in a list that is provided -- is being described. The name of the law is then written in a space above the description. Class members do the same for boxes 2-20. All of the laws have been made since World War II ended in 1945.

In most cases, students can figure out the law being described even without prior knowledge simply by using clues within each description. The process of elimination can also help students eventually identify all of the laws.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 14: Richard M. Nixon

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the major events that occurred during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon.

TIME:
1 class period

Class members begin this lesson by reading background information about the political career of Richard M. Nixon.

Students then participate in a fun contest that involves reading through a chronology of events covering:

• Election of 1968
• Nixon's First Administration
• Election of 1972
• Nixon's Second Administration

Each time they come upon a missing word, name, or term in the reading, students must decide which of two choices in parenthesis -- next to the blank space -- best completes the sentence. Before the contest, I usually tell my kids that the five people with the most correct answers are the winners.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 15: Watergate Scandal

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the events that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.

TIME:
1 class period

In this lesson, students read a story about the Watergate scandal with sections entitled:

• Overview
• The Break-In
• The Cover-up
• Controversy Over Tape Recordings
• The Resignation of Nixon

Class members are then given a different version of the story about the Watergate scandal. This version is different in that many key words, names, and terms are missing. Each class member will try to fill in the spaces with the missing words, names, and terms that correctly complete the sentences. Students can find the correct answers in a list that is provided.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS:
This lesson can be turned into a fun contest between individuals, or pairs, to see who can come up with the most correct answers by the end of the period. You can also turn this into a game by dividing the class into two teams that will take turns trying to identify the correct answers as you read through the story with them.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.
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