United States History
Social Changes of the 1950ís and 1960ís
Purpose: To explore how popular culture including music, movies and television shows of the 1950ís celebrated postwar prosperity, economic growth and portrayed white upper middle class values. To explore how the early 1960ís offered renewed optimism with the election of President John F. Kennedy and his New Frontier. To trace how the 1960ís became the decade of social upheaval with the assassinations of American leaders and the questioning of American values as shown in the rise of new music, fashion and other social changes.
Goals: At the end of this unit students will be able to:
Skills: At the end of this unit students will be able to:
Homework Assignment: Student Response Sheet (40 points)
50ís / 60ís project (25 points)
Class Participation: including handouts, small group projects (20 points)
Quiz on Social Changes of the 50ís and 60ís (50 points)
Homework: Create your own student response sheet for this unit. Due Friday May 2nd. No late work accepted
The Format: The format for this assignment will be identical to the standard student response sheets that you have received throughout the year. The preference is for it to be typed using a word-processing program with a 2 page minimum and 3 page maximum.
On the right side of the student response sheet there will include a minimum of 15 terms/ ideas /concepts and their importance. On the left side there will be a minimum of 8 prompts (ways to remember the information). For example: thought provoking/ opinion questions, Venn diagrams, dialogues between people, drawings or any other creative way you can think of to help you remember the information.
The Content: The content of this section relates directly to social changes of the 1950ís and 1960ís. You should read the following sections in your textbooks to help you create the student response sheet:
Chapter 17 Section 1 The Postwar Economy pg. 510-515.
Chapter 17 Section 2 The Mood of the 1950ís pg. 518-521.
Chapter 18 Section 1 The New Frontier pg. 540-544.
Chapter 18 Section 2 The Great Society pg. 546-550.
50ís- 60ís Social Changes Project (Due in class on Thursday April 24th)
The Purpose: To become familiar with the social changes that occurred between 1950-1969. Changes in American culture are evident through art, music, television, fashion, literature and movies.
The Assignment: Pick one aspect of the 1950ís popular culture (art, music, television, fashion, literature, movies,) and compare that area to 1960ís popular culture. Create a visual representation of the similarities and differences between the time periods. Examples would include: a poster, diagram, report, newspaper, mini-fashion show. You will present your project to the class. You may bring samples of songs, movie clips, TV show clips, fashion, etc. into class as a part of your presentation.
Examples from the 1950ís
Elvis Presley - Hound Dog Dion and the Belmonts - Runaway
Buddy Holly - Shake, Rattle and Roll Danny and the Juniors - At the Hop
The Platters - Only You Crystals - Then he kissed me / Da doo run run run
Bill Haley and the Comets- Rock around the Clock Little Richard - Good Golly Miss Molly
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode Everly Brothers - All I have to do is dream
The Angels - My Boyfriendís Back Monotones - The Book of Love
Bobby Daren - Mac the Knife The Crickets - That will be the day
The Crests - 16 candles Ritchie Valenz - La Bamba
The Shirelles - Will you still love me tomorrow Percy Sledge - When a man loves a women
The Everly Brothers - Wake up little Suzy Dion and the Belmonts - Teenager in Love
Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire Ben E. King - Stand by Me
Chubby Checker - The Twist Little Richard - Tutti Fruiti
The Coasters - Yakety Yak The Silhouettes - Get a Job
The Elegants - Little Star The Teddy Bears - To know Him, Is to Love Him
The Diamonds - The Stroll Harry Belafonte - 1950ís music only
Freddy Cannon - Palisades Park The Platters - Smoke gets in my eyes
Possible T.V. shows
I love Lucy Mickey Mouse Club American Band Stand in the 1950ís
Gunsmoke Howdy Doody Dragnet
Captain Kangaroo Lassie Have Gun, Will Travel
Amos and Andy
Marty (1955) A Street Car named Desire (1951) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953)
East of Eden (1955) Edge of the City 7 year itch (1955)
Some Like it Hot (1959) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Quiz Show about the 1950ís
A Raisin in the Sun
Guys and Dolls (1950) My Fair Lady (1956) West Side Story (1957)
Diary of Anne Frank (1955) Miracle Worker (1959) Crucible (1952)
The King and I ( 1951) The Sound of Music (1959)
Examples from the 1960ís
Musical Artists of the 1960ís
Bob Dylan Janis Joplin Jefferson Airplane Joan Baez Santana
Credence Clearwater Revival The Beattles The Beach Boys
Motown: Marvin Gaye Gladys Night and the Pips Stevie Wonder
The Supremes The Temptations The Four Tops
The Rolling Stones James Brown Aretha Franklin
The Doors The Grateful Dead Jimmy Hendrix
The Fugitive Star Trek Batman
The Mod Squad I-Spy The Adams Family
Bonanza The Beverly Hillbillies
Psycho Bonnie and Clyde Dr. Zhivago James Bond
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Midnight Cowboy 2001: A Space Odyssey
Cleopatra Whoís Afraid of Virginia Woolf The Graduate
For Assessment: See below Rubrics for student response sheet and 50ís-60ís project.
50ís/ 60ís Student Response Sheet Rubric
Directions: This form is designed to help evaluate student-centered created student response sheet.
5=Excellent 4=very good 3=average 2=needs improvement 1=weak
2. The student response sheet right side has a minimum of 15 terms, ideas or concepts relevant to the topic.
3. The terms are well explained in student's own words not copied straight from the book
4. The student response sheet left side has a minimum of 8 prompts used to help you remember information.
5. The prompts are relevant to the terms on the right side and are thoughtful.
6.The student response sheet shows creativity and represents individuals full potential.
7. The student response sheet uses proper spelling and grammar.
8. The student response sheet demonstrates that the student has an understanding of the topics.
50ís/ 60ís Social Changes Project Rubric
Directions: This form is designed to help evaluate student-centered created visual representations and presentations.
5=Excellent 4=very good 3=average 2=needs improvement 1=weak
Homework/ Notebook Collection and Quiz on Friday May 2, 2003.