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An Age



An Age of Limits

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Between 1968 and 1980, Americans became increasingly  aware of economic and political links between their nation and other countries. Students will prepare items for an exhibit that shows specific connections between the United States and other countries during these years. They will consider the following suggestions as they prepare their items and display for their exhibit. 

  • Use world maps or sections of world maps. 

  • Include three-dimensional objects - constructed or found- and audio-visual selections.

  • Write comments that explain the reasons for international links.

  • Takes pictures of your exhibit and upload them into Basecamp.

The student will be required to present their videos in the last class session.





13 - 18  years old




Session 1: The Nixon Administration


Students will identify Richard M. Nixon, New Federalism, revenue sharing, Family Assistance Plan, Southern strategy, stagflation, OPEC, realpolitik, detente, SALT I Treaty.

Students will summarize the goal of Nixon's New Federalism.

Students will examine the life and contributions of Richard Nixon.

Students will analyze how Nixon both strengthened and weakened federal programs.

Students will analyze how Americans became the first to walk on the moon.

Students will examine why many Democrats in the South became potential Republican supporters by 1968.

Students will summarize Nixon's strategy and how he implemented it. 

Students will analyze the Yom Kippur War.

Students will identify the factors that brought on the country's economic downturn in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Students will summarize the philosophy of realpolitik.

Students will explain why the timing of Nixon's foreign policy achievements were particularly important.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 952.

2) Read pages 953 - 959 in course textbook.

3) Complete the Interact with History project on page 959.

4) Start your course project. 

Session 2: Watergate: Nixon's Downfall


Students will review their homework and present their Interact with History projects.

Students will identify Watergate, H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell, Committee to Reelect the President, Judge John Sirica, and Saturday Night Massacre.

Students will explain what is meant by the "imperial presidency".

Students will analyze why the Nixon campaign team would take such a risky action as breaking into the opposition's headquarters. 

Students will summarize the steps the White House took to cover up its involvement in the Watergate break-in.

Students will examine the lives and contributions of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Students will explain the significance about the revelation that Nixon taped his conversations.

Students will summarize the key events in chronological order of the Watergate 

Students will analyze how television in the 1970's reflected life in the United States. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 957.

2) Read pages 960 - 967 in course textbook.

3) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session.

Session 3: The Ford and Carter Years


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, National Energy Act, human rights, Camp David Accords, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. 

Students will contrast how Congress's economic agenda differed from Ford's.

Students will analyze how pardoning President Nixon may or may not have been in American's best interest. 

Students will examine the life and contributions of Jimmy Carter.

Students will analyze the factors that played a significant role in Carter's election.

Students will explain how the National Energy Act helped erase America's energy crisis. 

Students will answer the following question using proof from the text and/or internet to support their answer. 

1)Do you think the government should act to discourage its citizens from spending money?

Students will analyze the factors that played a role in America's economic stagnation. 

Students will identify the problems critics had with Carter's foreign policy philosophy. 

Students will analyze the Soviet-Afghanistan War. 

Students will analyze what caused the collapse of the detente with the Soviet Union. 

Students will explain how Carter's treatment with the shah of Iran was inconsistent with his foreign policy philosophy. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 967.

2) Read pages 968 - 973 in course textbook.

3) Complete the Now and Then project on pages 970 - 971.

4) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session.

Session 4: A Environmental Activism


Students will review their homework, present their Now and Then project and course project. 

Students will identify Rachel Carson, Earth Day, environmentalism, Environmental Protection Agency and Three Mile Island. 

Students will examine the life and contributions of Rachel Carson.

Students will summarize the effects Rachel Carson's book had upon the nation as a whole.

Students will identify the one eventual result of the Clean Air Act.

Students will examine the effects of air pollution in California from the 1970's to today. 

Students will analyze the Exxon Valdez oil spill. 

Students will examine the major point of opposition to the environmental movement. 

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