Technology Explosion
Age 12-14: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 5

In this unit you will explore modern American history including changes in population and immigration, policies of and challenges faced by several post-World War II presidents, important court cases from the last fifty years, and issues related to the end of the Cold War.

You'll also examine some modern environmental issues, technological advancements, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and modern popular music.

Throughout the unit you'll work on a final project, either creating an illustrated essay about changes in technology or planning a project for National History Day.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 12-14 social studies units utilize a Timeline of American History along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events.
$15.00 #1809 Age 12-14 - American History Timeline Cards
$7.00 #1810 Age 12-14 - American History Timeline


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at an 8th or 9th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Can write a five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the eighth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Modern America (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Demographics and Immigration (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The End of the Cold War (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Leadership and Domestic Policy (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Technology (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Terrorism
  • Lesson 7: Modern American Culture (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Illustrated Essay or National History Day (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the extent and significant of economic changes in individual states and the nation as a whole. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the role of the Reagan administration and other factors in the victory of the West in the Cold War. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the impact of growing racial and ethnic diversity in American society. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the impact of twenty-first century terrorist activity on American society. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the influence of technological advances on economic development and daily life. (Social Studies)
  • Compare and contrast the various political viewpoints surrounding issues of the post World War II era. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the changing demographics in individual states and the nation as a whole and analyze their significance for the nation's society and economy. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the changing roles of women in society as reflected in the entry of more women into the labor force and the changing family structure. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the effects on society and the economy of technological developments since 1945, including the computer revolution, changes in communication, advances in medicine, and improvements in agricultural technology. (Social Studies)
  • Describe U.S. Middle East policy and its strategic, political, and economic interests, including those related to the Gulf War. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss forms of popular culture, with emphasis on their origins and geographic diffusion (e.g., jazz and other forms of popular music, professional sports, architectural and artistic styles). (Social Studies)
  • Discuss the reasons for the nation's changing immigration policy, with emphasis on how the Immigration Act of 1965 and successor acts have transformed American society. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss the significant domestic policy speeches of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton (e.g., with regard to education, civil rights, economic policy, environmental policy). (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate the impact of recent constitutional amendments, court rulings, and federal legislation on United States' citizens. (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate the importance of social changes to different groups in individual states and the nation as a whole. (Social Studies)
  • Explain how the federal, state, and local governments have responded to demographic and social changes such as population shifts to the suburbs, racial concentrations in the cities, Frostbelt-to-Sunbelt migration, international migration, decline of family farms, increases in out-of-wedlock births, and drug abuse. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the constitutional crisis originating from the Watergate scandal. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and assess the impact of economic, technological, and environmental changes in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and assess the impact of social, political, and cultural changes in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Know that improved global communications, international trade, transnational business organizations, overseas competition, and the shift from manufacturing to service industries have impacted the American economy. (Social Studies)
  • Know that the continuing population flow from cities to suburbs, the internal migrations from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt, and the increase in immigration resulting from passage of the 1965 Immigration Act have had social and political effects. (Social Studies)
  • Know that the United States faced new political, national security, and economic challenges in the post-Cold War world and following the attacks on September 11, 2001. (Social Studies)
  • Summarize significant events in foreign policy since the Vietnam War. (Social Studies)
  • Trace the impact of, need for, and controversies associated with environmental conservation, expansion of the national park system, and the development of environmental protection laws, with particular attention to the interaction between environmental protection advocates and property rights advocates. (Social Studies)
  • Understand how political debates focused on the extent of the role of government in the economy, environmental protection, social welfare and national security. (Social Studies)
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