A generation is a group of people born around the same time who have shared life experiences. How do history and culture shape a generation, and how do generations shape our identities? Millennials vs. Gen X is an interactive social studiesfocused program—brought to you by Scholastic and the CBS Survivor team—that looks at the concept of generations. Students will explore what a generation is and will be tasked with research prompts that support such core skills as visualizing data, text analysis, and more.

Students will:  

  • Create a timeline that identifies the historical and cultural events that shaped various generations
  • Use independent research to develop visual presentations about a generation other than their own
  • Interview a family member of an older generation

Students will investigate what we can learn about a person by researching his or her generation, as well as conduct interviews to gather firsthand experiences from a family member or an older family friend to help contextualize their understanding of generations.

Students will explore the concept of generations, how they are formed, and how each generation differs from others. They will use their research to complete a generations timeline.

Share and use these family activities to help explore the forces that shape a family unit. 




Share this video of Jeff Probst to inspire your students before their big interview.  

Watch the trailer for this upcoming season of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X!

Please note: Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X is rated TV-PG due to some intense language.