1950s and 1960s Collage Assignment
(The thumbnail is a sample of a 1980s collage for TV.)
I used this assignment as a pre-reading activity for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. It requires students to find images on the Internet, conduct mini-research to understand the trends and styles, design an appealing presentation, create a work cited page, and if you want, present to the class. I had my students use Google images as a starting point to search for images, then use the websites for information. They know how to use various web tools to create a works cited page.
I randomly assigned the trends, assigning each three or four times, depending on the class size. Because of the variety of students, the collages varied considerably. The students especially enjoyed finding the snackfoods and toys. I think they were already familiar with the “look” of the time period.
A list of six trends and a rubric are included.
Seventh Grade Common Core Standards: 7.RL.9, 7.RIT.1, 7.RIT.9, 7.W.2, 7.W.4, 7.W.6, 7.W.7, 7.W.9, 7.SL.4, 7.SL.5, 7.SL.6, 7.L.1, 7.L.3
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