Sensory Figures: 1950’s and the 1960’s

Posted Eureka Lessons 11th Grade Social Science, Lessons

What better way to get to understand postwar America than to put yourself in their shoes?  This sensory figure assignment encourages students to do just that.

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Sensory Figures Activity


To better understand the lives of the American people during this era of reform, we are going to annotate sensory figures of people who lived during the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Include the following information:

1. What is this person seeing?

2. What is this person hearing?

3. What is this person saying?

4. What is this person thinking?

5. What is this person feeling?

6. What is this person touching?

7. What is this person wearing?

8. Who is this person?  (label at the bottom of each figure)  It can be a specific person like President Truman or a general figure i.e. mistreated farm worker, a woman, upper class white male, musician.


1. Use at least one person we discussed from the reading: The Latino Experience

2. Use at least one fact from the reading: JFK Assassination Theories

3. Make some reference to the film: The Atomic Cafe


You are free to choose anyone from the 1950’s and 1960’s (Chapter 13, 14, 15).  Here are a few ideas to help you get started.  You are not limited to these categories.  Be creative.

International American American Political Figures
Fidel CastroJacobo Arbenz Guzman

Mikhail Khrushchev

Joseph Stalin

Soviet Spy

USSR citizen

Communist Chinese citizen

North Korean citizen

South Korean citizen


Iranian Prime Minister

Guatemalan revolutionary

African AmericansMexican Americans

Farm Workers

Working Woman

WW2 veteran

Marilyn Monroe

Nat King Cole

Chuck Berry

Elvis Presley

Ed Sullivan

Juvenile Delinquent


JFKHarry Truman

Dwight Eisenhower

Richard Nixon

Senator Joseph McCarthy

Chief Justice Earl Warren

Joseph Welch

Jackie Kennedy

Alger Hiss



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