Exploring America in the 1980s Living in the Material World (Grades 6-8)
Exploring America in the 1980s: Living in the Material World is an interdisciplinary humanities unit that looks at literature, art, and music of the 1980s to provide an understanding of how those living through the decade experienced and felt about the many social changes taking place around them. Through the lens of "identity," it explores why these changes occurred and lends an ear to the voices of the groups that clamored for them. Cultural icons like Madonna and Bill Cosby are examined alongside larger issues such as the end of the Cold War and a changing economic and political identity.
The unit uses field-tested instructional strategies for language arts and social studies from The College of William and Mary, as well as new strategies, and it includes graphic organizers and other learning tools. It can be used to complement a social studies or language arts curriculum or as standalone material in a gifted program.
Authors Molly Sadling and Kimberly Chandler focus on “identity” as the overarching concept for the units and provide generalizations that tie learning to a clearly articulated curriculum framework and learning goals for students in Grades 6 to 8. Ten field-tested, exciting lessons in each book guide students in interdisciplinary learning that explores what it was like to live in America through various decades, examining issues such as the changing economy, political identity, and influences of technological advancements that have had profound impact on our country.,Gifted Child Today, 4/13/15