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The Farm Worker Movement

For Students 4th - 12th
An impactful video details the work of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in creating the United Farmworkers. In the 1960s farm workers of California stood together to better their working conditions. Making their way to Sacramento,...
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US History and Government Examination: June 2014

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The 1960s marked a pivotal point for social and foreign policy in the United States. Using documents, such as speeches from Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, and authentic test prompts, class members consider the impact of this...
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Defying Expectations: Unsung Hero: Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewThe 1960s were a turbulent time, but the charismatic figure of Marshal P. Johnson is often left out of the provocative stories of the era. With primary sources that talk about Johnson and her role in the Stonewall Riots, scholars unpack...
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Flower Power Quiz 1

For Students 5th - 10th
In this flowers worksheet, students complete a quiz on flowers and things associated with them in the 1960's through 1990's. Students complete 14 short answer questions.
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Taxes in U.S. History: Tax Reform in the 1960s and 1980s

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain the content, purpose, and impact of the Tax Reform Acts of 1969 and 1986.
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The Freedom Riders and the Popular Music of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s marched to its own beat—literally. Using songs from the era, as well as other primary sources such as King's "I Have a Dream" speech, class members analyze lyrics to discover how music and protest...
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John Lennon

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a great example of the type of biographical presentation your class could create. They can view this informational biography of John Lennon to learn about a famous person or as inspiration for a research project. Each slide...
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America's Transition to a Global Economy (1960s-1990s)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Just how do we live in a global society? Scholars investigate an AP review video to see the transition in the latter half of the 20th century to a global economy. The final video of nine installments helps them examine and analyze the...
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Watsons Go To Birmingham--1963Patricia Wachholz

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the 1960s to prepare for reading the book, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis. They watch a documentary, create a timeline, and listen to music from the 1960s.
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A Time of Social Change Chapter Review

For Teachers 8th - 11th
For this 1960s and 1970s America worksheet, students review a chapter as they define 7 vocabulary terms, eliminate 5 false statements, and identify 3 historical themes pertaining to American society during the 2 decades.
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Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and the 60s Counterculture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify how American society responded to the 1960's counterculture. In this 1960's America lesson, students investigate multimedia sources in order to examine the movement and its impact on the country.
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Following Sean Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students view a film about two families living in San Francisco during the 1960s. They examine clips of the film and take notes on its historical context and discuss what historical information can be received from first-hand...
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President Kennedy and Kentucky Politics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the interactions between Kentucky Governor Bert Combs and President Kennedy. They examine JFK's interest in Kentucky politics and construct history through Governor Bert Comb's interview.
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Music: A Nation's Voice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate the impact of popular music in 1960's America. In this music and history lesson, students listen to several identified songs from the decade and analyze their lyrics. High schoolers discuss their impressions...
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A Country Divided: Kent State

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the impact of the Kent State shootings. In this 1960's American history instructional activity, students access interviews, images, and articles regarding the shooting and its causes. Students discuss how the shootings...
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Social Activism In The United States

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore justice issues. In this social activism instructional activity, students watch "Social Activism in the United States," and then locate newspaper articles from the 1960's and 1970's about events during the era.
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Revolution '67, Lesson 2: What Happened in July 1967? How Do We Know?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Even in a world in which dozens of participants and curious onlookers record every controversial event, the basic facts of what happened are often in dispute. Revolution '67, Lesson 2 explores 1967 Newark, New Jersey using an examination...
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The Changing Roles of Men and Women - 1950's-1960's

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore gender roles in America during the 1950's and 1960's. In this American culture lesson, 8th graders watch several selected video clips about gender roles and biases. Students create T-charts and discuss their...
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The Vietnam War

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Using poignant images, this presentation makes a statement about the Vietnam War. While the lists and information in the presentation show an anti-war bias, it could be used as a discussion-starter. High school students could use the...
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The Power of Youth: Exploring the Civil Rights Movement with “Freedom’s Children"

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
A reading of Freedom's Children, Ellen Levine's collection of the stories of 30 african Americans who were children during the 1950s and 1960s and were active in the Civil Rights protests, sparks a discussion of the power young people...
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American Jews and Civil Rights

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's and how American Jews were involved. They discuss the responsibilities of any minority or ethnic group. They consider the process of change in politics as well.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolent Resistance

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Was nonviolent resistance the best means of securing civil rights for black Americans in the 1960s? In this highly engaging and informative instructional activity, your young historians will closely analyze several key documents from the...
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Making Change: Revolutionary Tactics of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed Standards
The film American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs introduces viewers to the differing philosophies of and strategies employed by 1960s civil rights leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the debate over...
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JFK, LBJ, and the Fight for Equal Opportunity in the 1960s

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the presidencies and John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In this American history lesson, students specifically analyze the civil rights support of the 2 presidents and their support of civil rights legislation....

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