Background Research for:

Rocket Boys: A Memoir By: Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam was born on February 19, 1943 in Coalwood, West Virginia.

 

  1. What is a memoir?

 

 

Use the free online Wikipedia Encyclopedia to answer the following questions:

http://en.wikipedia.org

 

Technology:

Search Term: World War I

  1. When did World War I take place?
  2. What major technological advancements took place during World War I?
  3. What impact did these technologies have on the war?
  4. Were there any other technological advancements that you found interesting?

 

Search Term: World War II

  1. When did World War II take place?
  2. What major technological advancements took place during World War II?
  3. What impact did these technologies have on the war?
  4. Were there any other technological advancements that you found interesting?

 

Based on your previous reading, answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you think technology advances rapidly during war?

 

Search Term: Space Race

  1. What is the Space Race? When did the Space Race begin?
  2. What are the benefits of a country developing satellite and space technology?
  3. What is Sputnik 1?
  4. Why was Sputnik a milestone in history?
  5. Why were Americans worried that the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik 1.

 

Search Term: Wernher von Braun

  1. Who did Werhner von Braun work for during World War II?
  2. What military technology did Werhner von Braun develop during World War II?
  3. What impact did that technology have on the future?
  4. Why did the U.S. want Wernher von Braun to work with them despite his connection to the Nazis during World War II?
  5. Were there any that you found interesting?

 

 

 

 

Life in the Fifties: From transistor radios to ipods

1950s:

Investigate this site created by The Kingwood College Library to answer the following questions:

American Cultural History - http://kclibrary.nhmccd.edu/decade50.html#events

 

  1. What was the average yearly salary in the 1950s?
  2. What was the ratio of men to women workers?

3. How much did a loaf of bread cost?

 

In this article, click on to the Television Link

Explore the various hyperlinks

 

1. What television shows were popular then?

2. What two types of broadcast was introduced that helped Americans learn about

history?

 

Investigate this website below about family life in the 1950s:

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/pop/info-family.htm

1.      What are three differences about family lifestyle in the 1950s compared to 2006?

2.      What jobs could a woman have?

3.      How were most homes heated?

 

Investigate the website below to answer the questions about fashion from the 1950s:

Fashion of the Fifties - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fashion/fashion-ws.htm

 

1. What type of shoe did people wear for athletics?

2. What type of haircut did Lucille Ball wear?

 

Investigate the website below to answer the questions about music from the 1950s:

Music of the Fifties - http://www.fiftiesweb.com/music.htm

 

1.      What type of music started in the 50s?

2.      Name some of the singers listed.

 

Investigate the website below to answer the questions about automobiles from the 1950s:

Automobiles of the Fifties

 

1. Look at the bumpers of the cars in the fifties. What are they made of?

 

 

 

 

Created For: Mrs. Lowden

By: A. Martinez and R. Wagner

Date: October 2006

Posted LD- 10/06