Reading Through History is pleased to present The 1970s & The 1980s.  It includes 161 pages of student activities related to the major figures and events of American history from the election of Richard Nixon in 1968 up to the signing of NAFTA in 1992.

The 1970s & The 1980s:

The workbook spans nearly twenty-four years of modern American history. This is the go-to resource for any teacher in need of information or student reading activities in a U.S. History or World History course. This resource manual is sure to be a perfect fit for any classroom, whether it be elementary school, middle school, or high school. There are 36 reading lessons in all, and each has several pages of student activities to accompany the reading, including multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary exercises, and student response essay questions.

Topics include: the 1968 Presidential Election, Nixon’s Visit to China, Watergate, the American Indian Movement, the Wounded Knee Incident, The Equal Rights Amendment, the National Organization for Women, Title IX, the Bicentennial Celebration, the Camp David Accords, the Oil Embargo, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the Election of 1980, the Iran-Contra Affair, the Challenger Disaster, the End of the Cold War, the “Just Say No” Campaign, HIV & AIDS, the US Invasion of Panama, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the
Persian Gulf War, the Rodney King Riots, and NAFTA.

This volume also includes biographies for: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Muammar Gaddafi, and Sam Walton.

The 1970s & The 1980s can be purchased by clicking on the Amazon link below, or as a PDF download by selecting the Teachers Pay Teachers icon:

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Nixon and Watergate:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with the Nixon presidency. The first lesson covers the 1968 Presidential Election, explaining the events which led to Nixon’s election. The next three lessons include a biography about Richard Nixon, Nixon’s historic visit to China, and the Watergate Scandal.

This PDF download includes four reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: the 1968 Election, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Robert Kennedy’s assassination, George Wallace, the Silent Majority, Vietnamization, Nixon’s visit to China, Woodward & Bernstein, and much more!

Approximate student completion time for each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.


The American Indian Movement:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are three separate lessons detailing the American Indian Movement and related topics. The first lesson covers the establishment of the American Indian Movement, explaining the events which led to its creation. The next two lessons include a description of the Wounded Knee Incident, and a summary of the book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

This PDF download includes three reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 81 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: the American Indian Movement, The Longest Walk, the Wounded Knee Incident, Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and much more!

Approximate student completion of each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.


Equal Rights for Women:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are three separate lessons dealing with the Equal Rights Amendment and related topics. The first lesson covers the Equal Rights Amendment, explaining the efforts that were made to try and get the amendment passed. The next two lessons include a brief history of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and a short explanation of Title IX.

This PDF download includes three reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 81 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: the Equal Rights Amendment, Gloria Steinem, Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment, Phyllis Schlafly, the National Organization for Women (NOW), Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, Roe v. Wade, Title IX, and much more!

Approximate student completion of each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.


Gerald Ford, The Bicentennial, and More:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are three separate lessons relating to the mid-1970s. The first lesson is a biography about Gerald Ford, explaining his unlikely rise to the highest office in the land. The next two lessons include a description of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, and an exploration of daily life in the 1970s, as well as popular culture of the decade.

This PDF download includes three reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 81 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: Gerald Ford, Spirow Agnew’s resignation, the G7 Summit, the Bicentennial Celebration, the American Freedom Train, the rise of arcades, and much more!

Approximate student completion of each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.


Jimmy Carter:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with the presidency of Jimmy Carter. The first lesson is a biography about Jimmy Carter, describing his life prior to becoming president, as well as the election of 1976. The next three lessons include an examination of the Camp David Accords, the Oil Embargo, and the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979.

This PDF download includes four reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: Jimmy Carter, the election of 1976, Carter’s accomplishments as president, the Camp David Accords, the Oil Embargo, gas rationing, Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech, malaise, the overthrow of the Shah in Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, and much more!

Approximate student completion of each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.


Ronald Reagan:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are five separate lessons about the presidency of Ronald Reagan. The first lesson details the election of 1980, describing how Reagan achieved his victory over Jimmy Carter. The next four lessons include a Ronald Reagan biography, a look at the Iran-Contra scandal, the end of the Cold War, and legacy of the Reagan years.

This PDF download includes five reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 135 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: the election of 1980, Ronald Reagan, Reaganomics (or trickle-down economics), the Iran-Contra Affair, Oliver North, Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), Reagan’s “Star Wars” program, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the end of the Cold War, the Reagan Revolution, and much more!

Approximate student completion of each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.


Nancy Reagan:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are three separate lessons dealing with First Lady Nancy Reagan, and other related topics. The first lesson is a biography Nancy Reagan, detailing the influence she had during the Reagan presidency, and the impression she made on the position of First Lady. The next lesson includes a description of the “Just Say No” campaign, an anti-drugs initiative promoted by Nancy Reagan.  The third lesson is about the outbreak of HIV & AIDS, which became an important issue of the 1980s.

This PDF download includes three reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 81 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: Nancy Reagan, the renovation of the White House, the “Just Say No” campaign, HIV & AIDS, and much more!

Approximate student completion of each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.


George H.W. Bush:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are four separate lessons delving into the presidency of George H.W. Bush. The first lesson is a biography of George H.W. Bush, including the 1988 presidential election. The next three lessons include a description of the United States invasion of Panama, the Persian Gulf War, and the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

This PDF download includes four reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 108 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: the election of 1988, George H.W. Bush, Bush’s “Thousand Points of Light” speech, Manuel Noriega, the U.S. Invasion of Panama, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Saddam Hussein, Operation Desert Storm, General Norman Schwarzkopf, “smart bombs”, NAFTA, and much more!

Approximate student completion of each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.


Challenger, Exxon Valdez, and The Rodney King Riots:

This is part of Reading Through History’s unit covering the 1970s & 1980s.
In this download there are three separate lessons relating to tragic events which occurred in the 1980s and early 1990s. The first lesson focuses on the tragedy which occurred in 1986 involving Space Shuttle Challenger. The next lesson relays the wrecking of the Exxon Valdez, which caused a catastrophic oil spill. The third lesson explains the events surrounding the riots that took place in Los Angeles in 1992.

This PDF download includes three reading activities. Each is followed by a series of multiple choice questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, short answer questions, and a student response essay questions.  Each unit includes 27 questions… a grand total of 81 questions for students to complete!

Topics included in this unit: the Challenger disaster, the Exxon Valdez, the oil spill in Prince William Sound, Rodney King, the Los Angeles riots of 1992, Reginald Denny, and much more!

Approximate student completion of each lesson: 30 minutes.

This unit is available through Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking on the image at right.

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