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1960s America
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Have you ever wondered what life was like in the 1960s? This course will let students experience the time in which their parents and grandparents lived. It will cover the social, political, and cultural movements and changes that occurred during the decade. Some of the topics explored within this course include the transition from the Happy Days to the Radical Movement, the Vietnam War, and civil rights. The course also focuses on significant headlines of the 1960s that include the assassinations of Robert Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as the Space Race, music of the 1960s, and the effects of pop culture. In addition, students will be able to apply and further what they have learned by interviewing neighbors and relatives who lived through the examined time period and events.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify key events that transitioned the 1960s from “Happy Days’ to the “Radical Days.”
  • Analyze some Cold War problems the Kennedy Administration faced.
  • Describe how Lyndon B. Johnson became President of the United States.
  • Identify the Women’s Rights Movement.
  • Compare and contrast the cost of consumer goods in the 1960s to 2006.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify other countries who ruled Vietnam before 1945.
  • Analyze the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
  • Evaluate why 1968 was the turning point of the Vietnam War.
  • Identify the reasons why people protested the Vietnam War.
  • Describe the effects of the war at home and in Vietnam.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe how African Americans were treated after the Civil War.
  • Compare and contrast the tactics Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X used to achieve equality.
  • Identify ways in which African Americans protested to get equality.
  • Identify how Congress and President Johnson helped African Americans achieve equality.
  • Explain the “Freedom Summer.”

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe the relationship between Cuba and America.
  • Assess the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Assess the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
  • Describe how the Berlin Wall was an example of the Cold War.
  • Assess the space race of the United States.

Course Materials

  • The Sixties 
  • The Tragedy of Vietnam 

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved