Lesson Plan : 1980 Miracle On Ice

Teacher Name:
 Nicholas Paiva
Grade:
 Grade 7-8
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 This lesson will be about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and how they inspired nationalism across the country after defeating the dominant Soviet Union in the semifinals.
Content:
 Topics such as the Cold War, the American society and economy, inflation, President Jimmy Carter, the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan will be elaborated on.
Goals:
 The goal of this lesson is to educate the students about the social and economic status of America during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Also it will explain how the 1980 olympic Games helped bring pride back to America and the impact nationalism can have on a social level.
Objectives:
 The students will be interactive within this lesson. They will complete a "fill in the blanks' worksheet while the PowerPoint presentation is going on. Also, they will be able to ask questions throughout the presentation and also after it is complete. Hopefully the children will enhance their understanding of American history.
Materials:
 computer, projector, screen/white board
Introduction:
 I will introduce myself to the students and pass out the worksheet that will be completed during the presentation. When the powerpoint begins, an overview of what the topic is all about will precede the in depth components of the topic. A background of what is going on in this time period will also be shown.
Development:
 I will continue with my presentation and talk about the Cold War, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, coach Herb Brooks, the 1980 U.S. Olympic team as a whole, the Soviet Union's hockey team, communism, capitalism, inflation and unemployment in America, the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, the exhibition game before the Olympics, the actual "Miracle on Ice", the gold-medal game aginst Finland, and the impact of the game on American society. I will try to keep the presentation relatively simple and appropriate to the grade level.
Practice:
 I will also show a brief video within my presentation that depicts the final thirty seconds of the "miracle" and the pandemonium that followed. Also, after the PowerPoint, I will go over the "fill in the blanks" worksheet that was completed during the presentation and ask for any additional questions/comments.
Checking For Understanding:
 I will review the topic after the presentation is over and make sure the students retained the information they were taught.
Closure:
 I will thank the students and the teacher, Mr. Blanchette for allowing me to present and also make sure that everyone is done with questions.

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