Ch 37: America in the 1980s - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Review the social, political, and cultural facets of life in America throughout the 1980s to better prepare for the history questions of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test. The video lessons in this chapter will help you familiarize yourself with significant historic information that may be on the test.

America in the 1980s: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will learn about what life was like for Americans in the 1980s, and how Presidents Reagan and Bush approached foreign and domestic policies. Strengthening your grasp of this information will help equip you for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test. The lessons will address topics that include:

  • American society in the 1980s
  • Ronald Reagan's presidential platform
  • Focus of Reaganomics
  • American foreign policy during Reagan's presidency
  • George H. W. Bush's foreign policy and presidential accomplishments

To best utilize these lessons, read the transcripts as you watch the corresponding videos. If you have any questions, please ask our expert instructors, who will be available to provide assistance. Be sure to take the self-assessments at the end of each lesson to practice answering multiple-choice history questions.

America in the 1980s: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Chapter Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science certification test assesses how well you understand information that is taught to middle school students in social science classes. This 150-question multiple-choice exam could include roughly 75 history questions based on the fact that the exam's history section accounts for 50% of the score. Questions will cover major events in U.S. history between 1929 and the present day. This chapter will detail American foreign policy as well as social and cultural developments during the 1980s, all topics that may be covered on the exam. The quizzes at the end of each video lesson will provide you with opportunities to answer multiple-choice questions about this subject matter so you may feel more confident as you go into this certification test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 37: America in the 1980s - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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