Many historians describe the sixties as the decade that resulted in the most significant changes in our history. During this week, we are going to explore the sixties era, so that you have a better understanding of what was happening during that time, and hopefully, will appreciate more the context under which The Outsiders was written. You all should have some knowledge of this time period already having read The Wednesday Wars this summer. Please take some time and visit the links below. There is a wealth of information gathered there for you to research, which will take you a few days to explore, certainly more than one night. I encourage you to click on the links within these web pages for further information. I will start classes off this week by showing you an amazing video I found on the sixties which I’m sure will spark many interesting discussions, which I look forward to having!
Once you have had your fill of all things sixties, please respond to my following questions: What defines the sixties for you? (When someone mentions the sixties what do you think of?) What do you feel was the most significant event? What was the most important contribution? If you could time travel and go back to the sixties, where would you go and what would you do? Finally, what did you learn from your readings that you didn’t know before? As always, I am looking for detailed responses and specifics. Because of the wealth of information here, you will have an extra day to respond, Thursday. If you would like to post a blog prompt of your own in regards to the sixties, please do so after Wednesday.
“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.” John Lennon
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