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Lesson 12: US Social Movements

Lesson 12: US Social Movements

Students learn basic knowledge about the 3 US social movements in the 1960s, discuss issues involving racism in the US, and summarize the meaning of two influential songs.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  US social movements

Time:  90 minutes

Preparation

Objectives

  1. Understand basic knowledge about the three social movements in the 1960s.
  2. Discuss issues involving racism in the US.
  3. Summarize the meaning of two influential songs during the social movements in the US.

Assessment

  1. Student answers on the Warmer Questions handout and class discussion.
  2. Students work in groups to discuss the Civil Rights questions and report to the class what they found.
  3. Students work in groups to discuss songs and report to the class what they found.

Materials

  • Make one copy of Warmer Questions for each group.
  • Make one copy of Warmer Questions KEY for the teacher.
  • Make one copy of Civil Rights Discussion Questions for each group.
  • Make one copy of Major Social Movements in the 1960s for the teacher.
  • Make one copy of Lyrics: Blowin’ in the Wind for each group.
  • Make one copy of Lyrics: The Times They Are a-Changin’ for each group.

Procedure

Warm up (20 minutes)

  • Ask students to get into groups of 4 or 5 people.
  • Give each group a Warmer Questions handout.
  • Ask the students to answer the questions in their group. Give around 10 minutes.
  • Collect the papers and redistribute to check the answers.
  • Ask reporters in the groups to explain the answers in detail. Refer to Warmer Questions KEY for correct answers and Major Social Movements in the 1960s for a more detailed explanation. 

 

Civil Rights Discussion (25 minutes)

  • Ask the students to get into 5 groups.
  • Give each group a Civil Rights Discussion Questions handout.
  • Assign one question to each group. Give around 10 minutes for the groups to discuss the topic and answer the question.
  • Ask the reporter of the groups to share their group’s answer to the class.

 

Songs during the Social Movements (35 minutes)

  • Bob Dylan was one of the most influential singers in the 1960s. He sang about civil rights and anti-war. He sang on the day Martin Luther King gave his speech.
  • Give each group the lyrics to Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin’.
  • Ask the students to read the lyrics and summarize the meaning of the song.
  • Ask the students to listen to the songs.
  • Ask the reporters to present their ideas to the class.

 

Example Ideas:

  • Blowin’ in the Wind, 1963: People need to wake up and look for a peaceful solution.  Asks questions about peace, war, and freedom.  This song was sung in Washington, D.C.
  • The Times They Are a-Changin, 1964: Speaks about the generation gap, youth movement and the political divide.

 

Q&A (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to look at their homework questions and/or responses to ask additional questions about the unit.

 

Homework

  • Read unit 10 US Social Problems and write 3 questions and/or responses.

Printable Worksheets

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Warmer Questions
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Warmer Questions KEY
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Civil Rights Discussion Questions
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Major Social Movements in the 1960s
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Lyrics Blowin in the Wind
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Lyrics The Times They Are A Changin
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