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The Sixties: Activity Pack
The Sixties: Art and Activism
The 1960s were an era of great cultural change in the United States. The Civil Rights movement was in full swing, the Vietnam War ignited protests across the country, and rock and roll was king of the charts. These lesson plans are based on History Detectives episodes that examine cultural artifacts from the Sixties, including a first-hand account of the Vietnam War, Bob Dylan’s electric guitar, and an amp from Motown Record’s house bass player.
Students encounter an eyewitness diary of a member of the Communist Youth Party and soldier from North Vietnam, then analyze arguments for and against the Vietnam War to determine what made this war so controversial.
Dylan Plugs In and Sells Out: How One Moment Defined a Generation
Students learn about Bob Dylan’s transformation from folk hero to blues rocker, then compare and contrast the reactions to Bob Dylan’s playing electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in order to understand how that one event came to symbolize larger social changes.
Students learn about bassist James Jamerson and the role of Motown Records in the Civil Rights Movement. They then analyze Motown’s role in the desegregation of popular entertainment.
- Reactions to Dylan at Newport, 1965
- Four-Corner Debate Planner
- Vietnam War Debate Role Cards
- Motown and the Civil Rights Movement