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It is divided into six basic parts, which flow from the rise of rock and roll in the fifties to the final rock event of the sixties, the festival at Altamont. The unit sub-topics are as follows:
Part One. “Rebels Without a Cause: Youth in the Fifties” Part Two: “The Folk Revival and the Civil Rights Movement” Part Three: “Origins of the Counterculture of Youth” Part Four: “The Anti-War Movement” Part Five: “The Counterculture and Drugs” Part Six: “Two Festivals: Woodstock and Altamont”
This unit is meant to “unearth the cave”. As you and your students explore, you may expand the music, add to the issues or adjust the lessons to suit your needs and concerns. My hope is, that after considering my arguments for incorporating music into the teaching of this era, you’ll agree that perhaps this material can provide us with an additional means for getting our students to relate to, enjoy, and understand that history is an all encompassing epic. It is not just a list of isolated dates highlighting wars and other events they find hard to imagine.
(Recommended for Grades 5 through 8 Social Studies, 9 through 12 U.S. History, Grade 12 Problems of Democracy, 7 through 12 Music Appreciation and 10 through 12 English)
Adolescence American 1960-1970 History Civil Disorder Sixties Rights Popular Music