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The historical details of what happened on the day of Kennedy's assassination, and the shocking days that followed, are well known to millions. This November, National Geographic Channel will take audiences deeper inside the story than ever before by examining the events that led both John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald to Dallas on that fateful day in November 1963, and by offering a rare and human look at the people at the center of it all.
Contextualize for your students the impact and horror of the Kennedy assassination on its 50th anniversary with resources on the social and political environment of the world during this epic period of history. High school social studies classroom resources include activities on the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis, and the effect that Kennedy's assassination had on the American psyche and politics. Reference material includes an interactive timeline detailing the biographies of Kennedy and Oswald up to the fateful day in Dallas when their lives collided.
Use this lesson and these activities to discuss John F. Kennedy’s presidency and assassination
Students analyze the changing perception of the Soviet Union in the eyes of American citizens from 1920 to 1950 by examining visual and written primary sources from the period.
Students analyze the impact of the Bay of Pigs invasion on the mindset of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Students investigate outcomes of the Cuban Missile Crisis by using primary documents and role-playing President Kennedy’s national security team.
Students analyze American news coverage of important political events of the early 1960s.
Students analyze the impact of John F. Kennedy’s death on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act. Students analyze election data to evaluate the impact of these landmark pieces of legislation on politics in the United States.
Students investigate Lee Harvey Oswald’s biography and analyze political and cultural forces that may have influenced him.
Students will examine the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis to evaluate Kennedy’s leadership toward Cuba during the Cold War.
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Track the lives of President John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald up to the assassination of the president on November 22, 1963