in the 1950s
Objective: By the end of the lesson, students will be able to understand the core tenets of conservative politics in the 1950s.
Materials: Access to internet, whiteboard, markers
Time: 90 minutes
1. Introduction (5-10 minutes): Begin the lesson with a discussion about the major political ideologies of the 1950s (i.e. Liberalism, Socialism, Conservatism). Ask students to explain the tenets of each and relate them to the political and social climates of the time.
2. Deep Dive (20-30 minutes): Introduce the topic of conservatism in the 1950s by reading a short passage or article. Ask students to discuss the major principles of conservatism as described in that passage.
3. Activity (30-45 minutes): Divide the students into groups and assign each group a topic related to conservatism in the 1950s. Topics can include: Cold War Era foreign policy, social values, economic policies, civil rights, etc. Instruct the groups to research the topic and present their results to the class.
4. Wrap Up (10-15 minutes): Have each group present their findings to the class. Ask the other students questions after each presentation to ensure understanding. Once all presentations are finished, ask the students to reflect on what they have learned.
• During the wrap-up, monitor student participation and listening skills.
• Assign a follow-up essay outlining the major tenets of conservatism in the 1950s.