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The Miss Deaf - Teacher's Guide Suggestions for Active Learning Miss America offers insights into American history topics including the Jazz Age

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Teacher's Guide: Suggestions for Active Learning Miss America offers insights into American history topics including the Jazz Age, the Depression, World War II, the Baby Boom, feminist and civil rights activism of the 1960s, the women's liberation movement, women's changing roles in society, women and the workplace, leisure, the rise of television, beauty ideals, individualism, self-image, and consumerism. You can use part or all of the film, or delve into the rich resources available on this Web site to learn more, either in a classroom or on your own. The following activities are grouped into 4 categories: history, economics, geography, and culture/civics. You can also read a few helpful hints for completing the activities. Culture/Civics | History | Economics | Geography 1. Read about the swimsuit competition and the century of svelte. Then scan ...The Winners Are. .. to see the height, weight, and measurements of Miss America winners over the years. Now hold a class debate on the following question: Does the Miss America pageant cause women to judge themselves -- and to be judged by others -- by unhealthy or unrealistic standards? 2. How is your gender portrayed in advertising today? Create a collage of photographs from at least three different sources, such as news magazines, fashion magazines, sports magazines, and newspapers. (Alternatively, you could create a "video collage" of video clips from television ads, or computer-based presentation of images from Web pages.) Try to show a variety of body types. After the class has reviewed each person's collage, hold a class discussion on your reactions to the collages you and your classmates created. Are you more aware now of what kinds of body types are portrayed in ads? Has this exercise changed your attitude toward advertising, and if so, how? 3. In recent years the Miss America pageant has made the social platform a requirement for contestants. Read about Miss Americas with minds of their own , especially Kay Lani Rae Rafko, who spoke on hospice care in 1988. Review the social platforms adopted by pageant winners from 1990 on, in the list of Miss America winners . Now adopt a social platform of your own, research it, and make a presentation to the class on why the cause is important. At the end of the presentations, students can vote to select the top 5 causes presented. If time and inclination permit, class members can get involved in the cause of their choice, volunteering their time and their skills. Culture/Civics | History | Economics | Geography
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1. Divide the class into eight groups and assign each group one of the decades from the 1920s to the 1990s. Each group should create a poster showing a timeline of their decade. Above the timeline, groups should list important events of the decade and other events that affected women. Below the timeline, groups should list developments in the Miss America pageant, such as the
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This note was uploaded on 08/22/2010 for the course SPA 211 taught by Professor Hutchinson during the Fall '10 term at Miami University.

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The Miss Deaf - Teacher's Guide Suggestions for Active Learning Miss America offers insights into American history topics including the Jazz Age

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