Explore the ‘60s Learning Unit 3

Historical Events of the 1960s

Grades 6-12

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 - Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 - Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Time Requirement:

  • 75 minutes

Lesson Description:

In this Explore the '60s learning unit, students reflect on the historical events of the 1960s to gain an understanding of the climate of the decade in the United States. Through two creative timeline activities, students comprehend the major social and political events that divided the country and compelled counterculture youth to take action. Students will come to understand how these major historic events are relevant today.


  • Students gain an understanding of the climate of the 1960s in the United States and how the events of the decade shaped the future of America.
  • Students visually organize and comprehend information presented by creating a timeline of historical events that took place in the 1960s.

Recommended Materials:

  • Paper, 8x10 or larger (optional)
  • Drawing supplies: pens, pencils, markers

Resources: Listen, Watch, and Read!