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What Is the Attraction of the 1950s?

Irving Kohn

Description

The student selects ten important events that occurred during the 1950s and creates a timeline using HyperStudio or PowerPoint. The HyperStudio or PowerPoint presentation will be sequential and explain why each event was selected.

Objectives

The student constructs and labels a timeline based on a historical reading (for example, about United States history).

Materials

-One computer for every group of two students
-HyperStudio or PowerPoint program
-A bibliography of literature, books, videos, music and art of the 1950's compiled by your media center/library
-Magazines
-LCD panel if available

Preparations

1. Have a working knowledge of HyperStudio or PowerPoint.
2. Become familiar with the events of the 1950s.
3. Determine the organization of groups.
4. Obtain a bibliography of literature, books, videos, magazines, music and art of the 1950s from the media center/library of their school.
5. You might desire to create a Goal 3 standard checklist to use with the rubric.

Procedures

1. Ask the class why their parents and grandparents are always talking about the 1950s.

2. Orally brainstorm with the class their knowledge about the 1950's using a KWL chart.

3. Divide the students into cooperative groups.

4. The students will need a working knowledge of HyperStudio or PowerPoint. If the students do not have this knowledge, the teacher will have to demonstrate and teach the designated program. If the latter is true, then add approximately two hours to this lesson plan.

5. Each group will use the Internet and resources provided by the teacher to research the political, economic and social events of the 1950's. At this time share the criteria (see associated file) with the students and discuss. Answer any questions.

6. Circulate around the classroom and assist students in researching and organizing their events for their timelines.

7. After an allotted time, the students return to their groups and begin to design their HyperStudio or PowerPoint presentations.

8. Circulate around the classroom and assist students in preparing their presentations.

9. Individual groups present their HyperStudio or PowerPoint presentations.

10. Review all the events from the students' presentations and with the class complete the KWL chart begun in # 2 above.

11. As an ending activity, the students or a group of students can create a timeline to hang around the room. You may also have a group create one large HyperStudio or PowerPoint presentation of all the events from all of the presentations.

Assessments

The student will be evaluated in the following areas:
1. Ten events selected occurred during the 1950s.
2. The events were sequenced correctly.
3. A HyperStudio or PowerPoint presentation was presented.
4. The presentation explained why each event was included. (See associated file for rubric.)

Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.

Extensions

Use student pairs for team learning.
Explain special vocabulary words (e.g.) communism, civil rights, Cold War, sputnik, Korean War, golden oldies, McCarthyism.

Web Links

Web supplement for What Is the Attraction of the 1950s?
HyperStudio Informational Site

Web supplement for What Is the Attraction of the 1950s?
The Fifties Web

Attached Files

A Rubric for HyperStudio presentation.     File Extension: pdf

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