Grades 6-12

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

Time Requirement:

  • 45 minutes

Lesson Description:

In this Explore the '60s learning unit, students examine the concept of culture: how culture impacts or influences an individual, and how a group of individuals can influence society to create a culture. Using the additional resources provided, we will review various aspects of our current culture (fashion, music, writing, social/political movements, etc.) and the cultural outputs of the 1960s.

Students will be engaged in an accompanying reflective writing activity that encourages them to create their definition of culture by taking a closer look at their thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and interests. Students will use a visual grid to build on similarities and differences between the cultural revolution of the 1960s and the current cultural climate as well as craft their definition of today’s culture.


  • Students will understand the concept of culture through an investigation into the social norms and behaviors of their generation.
  • Students will analyze important terms relating to culture such as values, morals, beliefs, behavior, customs, stereotypes, and generalizations.
  • Students are empowered to state and discuss their unique position on various aspects of culture, including their beliefs, habits, and interests in comparison to that of their parents’ or grandparents’ generation.

Recommended Materials:

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

Resources: Listen, Watch, and Read!