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The Conservative Tide

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


Watch a television news program, listen to a radio news program, or read a news magazine that features an interview with a conservative politician. Take notes on what the politician says about his or her positions. Consider the following questions:

  • What does the politician say about social issues?

  • What does the politician say about economic issues?

  • What issues does the politician care most about?

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





13 - 18  years old




Session 1: A Conservative Movement Emerges


Students will identify Ronald Reagan, entitlement program, New Right, reverse discrimination, conservative coalition, Moral Majority and George Bush. 

Students will analyze some of the issues that conservatives felt strongly about.

Students will explain what conservative coalition was. 

Students will examine the lives and contributions of William F. Buckley, Jr. and Ronald Reagan.

Students will summarize some of the goals of the Moral Majority. 

Students will analyze the factors that led to Reagan's victory in 1980.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 981.

2) Read pages 982 - 986 in course textbook.

3) Start your course project. 

Session 2: Conservative Policies Under Reagan and Bush


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

Students will identify Reaganomics, supply-side economics, Strategic Defense Initiative, trade imbalance, Sandra Day O'Conner, William Rehnquist, and Geraldine Ferraro. 

Students will analyze the Trickle-Down Theory. 

Students will examine the main ideas of supply-side economics. 

Students will examine the effects of the Clarence Thomas versus Anita Hill case in the 90's to today.

Students will summarize the broad effects of deregulation in various federal agencies.

Students will analyze the assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan.

Students will identify the two areas that were negative aspects of deregulation particularly apparent during the Reagan and Bush years. 

Students will analyze the factors that contributed to Reagan's victory in 1984 and Bush's in 1988.


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 989.

2) Read pages 987 - 995 in course textbook.

3) Complete the Geography Spotlight projects on page 995.

4) Continue working on your course project. 

Session 3: American Society in a Conservative Age


Students will review their homework and Geography Spotlight projects.

Students will identify AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), pay equity, L. Douglas Wilder, Jesse Jackson, and affirmative action.

Students will examine the impact of AIDS in the mid 1990's.

Students will summarize the steps taken during the Reagan administration to combat drug use.

Students will identify the problems of schools that emerged during the 1980s.

Students will summarize some of the proposals for improving schools. 

Students will analyze the pros and cons of spending money on a national space program.

Students will examine some of the problems faced by the cities in the 1980s.

Students will summarize the gains women made during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Students will analyze the effects of Affirmative Action in the 1990's to today. 

Students will explain how minorities advanced during the 1980s.

Students will analyze the Sunbelt, Rustbelt and Ecotopia.


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment on page 993.

2) Read pages 996 - 1001 in course textbook.

3) Complete the Interact with History projects on page 1000.

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

Session 4: Changes in America's Foreign Policy


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

Students will identify Mikhail Gorbachev, INF Treaty, glasnot, perestoika, Commonwealth of Independent States, Tiananmen Square, Sandinista, Contras, and Operation Desert Storm.

Students will summarize the Democratic Elections in Russia. 

Students will analyze how the end of the Cold War affected European politics and economics. 

Students will examine the trouble spots in Central American and the Caribbean in the 1980s.

Students will contrast how the U.S. politics in Central America differed from those in Europe from 1980 to 1992.

Students will examine the life and contributions of H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Students will compare/contrast arguments for and against military intervention in regional conflict. 

Students will identify the issues that led to the conflict in the Middle East. 

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