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New Year's Eve 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989

Patricia Barry Holbert
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

Four groups of students are given one of the following decades: 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, and 1980's. The students re-enact a New Year's Eve television broadcast that recaps the highlights of the assigned decade.

Objectives

The student understands how ideas and beliefs, decisions, and chance events have been used in the process of writing and interpreting history.

The student identifies and understands themes in history that cross scientific, economic, and cultural boundaries.

The student evaluates conflicting sources and materials in the interpretation of a historical event or episode.

The student uses chronology, sequencing, patterns, and periodization to examine interpretations of an event.

The student understands the political events that shaped the development of United States foreign policy since World War II and knows the characteristics of that policy.

The student understands the development of federal civil rights and voting rights since the 1950's and the social and political implications of these events.

The student knows significant political events and issues that have shaped domestic policy decisions in contemporary America.

Materials

-Any American History Textbook
-American History resource books
-Any resource books
-[America in the 1950's]. Moran, Edward. GAA Corporation, 33 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, 1999. (4 CDs with a booklet that deals with famous headlines, the political scene, sports, entertainment, and music of the 1950s. )

-[America in the 1960's]. Moran, Edward. GAA Corporation, 33 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, 1999. (4 CDs with a booklet that deals with famous headlines, the political scene, sports, entertainment, and music of the 1960s.)

-[We Interupt This Broadcast], Sourcebooks, Inc., P.O. Box 372, Naperville, Illinois 60566, 1998. (630) 961-3900 (A book and 2 CDs that have important events that interrupted regular radio or TV broadcast.)

-Computer with Internet capabilities if you use it for research.
-T. V.
-VCR
-Various music CDs of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
-VCR or Laserdisk:
-Any history documentaries of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.
-45/85 [America and the World Since WWII]. Videocassette or Laserdisk. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. 1986. (This is a four-hour tape that goes over events and culture from 1945 to 1985.)

Preparations

Obtain the materials listed as well as any other sources that you think might be useful to the students.

Establish rules for using the stations.

Procedures

1. Divide the class into four groups.

2. Assign each group a decade: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and the 1980s.

3. The students go to the Internet or history resource books to research their decades. Share the assessment criteria with the students prior to beginning their research.

4. Set up TV and VCR stations with videos from that decade for each group to watch. The students can also use parts of these in their broadcast.-

5. Set up stereo stations for the students to listen to music from their decades. The students can also use parts of these in their broadcast.-

6. After a week's preparation, each group has one day to present the New Year's Eve Broadcast.- They may use costumes, props, TVs and VCRs, stereo with CDs or cassettes, or any other things they can utilize in their presentation.

7. Assess the project using the checklist. (See assessment.)

Assessments

Use the following criteria to assess the students' presentations.

New Years Eve 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989 Project

Decade:

Names of students in the Group:

1. The presentation gives information about the Presidents and how they governed during the decade.
2. The presentation gives information about foreign affairs and the impact on our nation for the decade.
3. The presentation gives information about the domestic policies of the decade.
4. The presentation gives information about the culture of the decade including changes that have had an impact on society.
5. The presentation gives information about the entertainment (sports, movies, TV, music) of the decade.
6. The presentation gives information about the civil rights and voting trends of the decade.
7. The presentation links to other decades by describing society problems/themes that are evident in several decades.
8. The presentation includes a description of the sources including ones that were conflicting or required additional research.

**Each criteria can receive up to 12 points. It is suggested that the teacher establish with the students what would be required in order to receive all 12 points for the criteria since each teacher will have different additional sources, student abilities, available technology, and time. The remaining 4 points should be awarded for the presentation itself-chronological, interesting, good voice and eye contact, several sources, visual or technological aids, and group cooperation.

Extensions

This activity can be used as an introduction, conclusion, or to cover the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

It can be shortened or lengthened, according to the teacher's needs.

Web Links

Web supplement for New Year's Eve 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989
The Fifties

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The History of Rock

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Baby Boom Generation

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Korean War

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The Ballad Tree--the Sixties

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History of Rock

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The Seventies

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Watergate


Vietnam War

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Vietnam Conflict

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http://icarus.shu.edu/gallery/V_Portfolio/

Information on the 80s
80s Children Live On

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80-89, The Era Lives

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Desert Storm

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