The 1980s came with several social issues, many of which Reagan aimed to address with his domestic policies. Using a spider map, students will analyze and explain different social issues in the 1980s and the actions Reagan took regarding them. This activity will help students understand the stance Reagan took on these social issues, how his New Right conservative views influenced his actions, and the effects of the actions he did or didn't take on the communities and the country as a whole.
Teachers may pre-select issues for students to address in their spider maps. Below are several suggestions!
Have students create a spider map to explain and analyze the stance and actions of another president on certain social issues, namely ones related to the issues Reagan dealt with during his presidency. An example could be Obama’s actions concerning immigration, health care, and education.
Grade Level 9-12
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
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Create a spider map examining Reagan's actions concerning the major social issues of the 1980s.
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