Ch 20: America in the 1970s: Middle School Lesson Plans

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The America in the 1970s chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the achievements and failures of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayPresident Richard Nixon: Foreign Policies and the Watergate ScandalDétente and Vietnamization policies of President Nixon; resignation from office due to the Watergate Scandal
TuesdayMiddle East oil crisis of the 1970s;
Roe vs. Wade
Causes of the OPEC oil embargo, and its consequences and impact in the United States;
Conflict over the right to an abortion in the United States; overview and impact of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision
Wednesday President Gerald Ford: biography and administration;
President Jimmy Carter: diplomatic achievements and challenges
Congressional achievements of Gerald Ford; assumption of the presidency in 1974 and failure to win election in 1976;
Carter's political background and human rights priorities; foreign policy highs and lows, including the Camp David Accords, Iranian hostage crisis and Soviet-Afghan War
ThursdayThe economic and political consequences of Ronald Reagan's election as president Social and political conservatism, Reaganomics, Reagan's foreign policy
FridayGeorge H.W. Bush's administrationBush's domestic and foreign policies
12 Lessons in Chapter 20: America in the 1970s: Middle School Lesson Plans
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Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente

1. Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente

President Richard Nixon entered office in 1969 with the hope of easing international relations and honorably ending the war in Vietnam. Learn about his various attempts at securing international peace.

Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

2. Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

The 1970s represented a period of economic distress in the United States. Learn about one of the major factors, the 1973 oil embargo by OPEC, and its devastating impact on the American economy in this video lesson.

Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

3. Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

''Roe v. Wade, 1973'' was the landmark Supreme Court decision in regard to legalized abortion. Learn about the case, the decision and its impact on the United States.

The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

4. The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

The Watergate Scandal represented President Richard Nixon's wanton abuse of the executive privilege. Learn more about the scandal, those involved, the investigation and Nixon's inevitable resignation.

Gerald Ford: Biography, Presidency & Facts

5. Gerald Ford: Biography, Presidency & Facts

This lesson discusses the life and times of President Gerald Ford. Learn more about his personal and political life on the way to becoming the 38th President of the United States.

Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments

6. Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments

President James 'Jimmy' Carter was elected president in 1976. Learn about the 39th President of the United States' foreign and domestic policies, including his successes and failures.

New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

7. New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

The 1980s represented a drastic change in American society, one not seen since the 1920s. Learn more about the decade, including its lifestyle trends, new consumer goods and expanding cultures, in this video lesson.

The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

8. The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

The presidential election of 1980 witnessed the transition from liberal to conservative politics in America. Learn about Ronald Reagan's campaign to become President of the United States in 1980 in this video lesson.

Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

9. Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

'Reaganomics' represented President Ronald Reagan's attempt at energizing the inert American economy following the 1970s. Learn about the program, as well as its successes and failures, in this lesson.

President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

10. President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy was an aggressive attempt to renew the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Learn about the policies, actions and results of Reagan's foreign policy in this lesson.

President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

11. President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

President George H.W. Bush's foreign policy was a pragmatic blend of diplomacy and force. Learn more about Bush's international affairs during his tenure as President of the United States.

President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

12. President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

President George H.W. Bush's domestic agenda reflected a change in ideology. Learn about the domestic challenges Bush faced, his handling of the issues and his overall achievements.

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