Mrs. Pierce’s Sporadic Sixties

The Sporadic Sixties


The 1960’s was a very busy time in America and throughout the world.  In fact, there was so much going on that we cannot focus on one or two things like we could in the 1940’s.  Your job is to explain, in the class blog, what is relevant about your topic.  Why did your topic make history?  How might history be different had your topic not happened or been dealt with differently.  You are going to teach the class via our blog.  The point of this is not to see what your classmates can memorize and remember but rather that they take away essential information and can synthesize and evaluate why this information is relevant to their lives and connect it to our current and changing world.


  1. You will choose a partner THAT YOU HAVE NOT WORKED WITH BEFORE.
  2. You will pull the topic out of a hat.
  3. You will do all of your researching in a Planning Guide Google doc.  You will fill it out in its entirety.  Please share it immediately with Mrs. Pierce ( You will need to have six sources by Wednesday March 19th at the end of class and all twelve sources cited by Friday March 21th.  You will need three text sources…use the media center!
  4. You will create your “post” in a word document to check for spelling, typos and other mistakes.  You will drop this in the class dropbox on March 26, 2013 (Wednesday).  This is a quiz grade.
  5. You need a minimum of three still pictures and one video file (youtube, history channel, etc) embedded in your post.  Mr. Metcalf and I will teach you how to do this so that your link works properlywhen this is due.  The purpose of these requirements is to break up your content and to have “teaser” images.  The movie clips should not be 6 minutes or longer, rather, you want to tease your readers to hook them into doing their own research and to get them to WANT to learn more.
  6. You need to have your post categorized in the “sporadic sixties”
  7. This post must be completed by Friday March 28th by the end of class.  This is a TEST grade.
  8. On Monday March 31st, we will be viewing all the posts so that you have a starting point of what interests you for your comments on Tuesday/Wednesday April 1-2.
  9. On Tuesday/Wednesday April 1-2, you will be commenting on 5 posts.  You will NEED earbuds in class.  ***with all the work that has gone into this, everyone needs an audience.  That being said, if you get to a post that already has five (5) posts, you need to pick another topic to comment on.  This will be a work in process especially at the very beginning.  Please note, I can see the time at which you post your comment.  We will be seeing all of these eventually, but you need to move on to another classmates’ blog if the one you originally were going to comment on has its limit.  IN OTHER WORDS—you need to be gracious; you all are kind, smart people and everyone deserves feedback. Please be mindful of that and keep your grade in mind***      Your comments will NOT look like this:



Great job.  I really like how you explained the counterculture movement.  I think you should have talked more about the hippies.




Your posts will look more like this ( I am using an example from the 1980s):




It is incredibly essential to learn about the Soviets’ time in Afghanistan and look at how things were then and compare them to now.  We are always trying to not let history repeat itself and it looks as if that has happened again.  The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and then 12 years later The U.S.’s invasion of Afghanistan remind me of the two world wars.  We tried to learn how we let a world war happen in the first place as to not let it happen again.  The U.S. really should have learned from the Soviet’s lack of success in Afghanistan and that it would not be a cakewalk for the U.S. years later. I have a brother who has been deployed three times to Afghanistan and his stories mirror the trouble the Soviets had there.  I think another essential takeaway from your blog, is that history repeats itself and we have seen that in terrorist attacks, world wars, depressions and multiple other examples.

I think the best thing about what you taught me was the fact that the governments are so different in dealing with the Afghanis; in the 1980’s it was communism and today it is democracy fighting insurgents.  The one thing I would recommend be changed was the video.  It was very long and not very interesting.  I think you could have gone to other sources and found more compelling footage.  Overall, I enjoyed your information.


–          Morgan



  1.  Your objective—you will give commendations, recommendations and, most importantly, the essential takeaways.  You need to explain why this information that was just taught to you is relevant to your life.





  1.  Feminism
  2. Civil Rights
  3. The year 1968
  4. JFK and the New Frontier
  5. LBJ and the Great Society
  6. Overview of U.S. involvement in Vietnam through the 1960s
  7. JFK assassination
  8. Counterculture movements #1 (Protest, Peace)
  9. Counterculture movement #2 (Radicalism)
  10. Technology and Innovation
  11. Cold War (minus the space race)
  12. Space Race
  13. Richard Nixon
  14. The beginning of the end of the Vietnam War
  15. Emergence of the Youth Culture (music, babyboomers, birthcontrol, drugs)


Time Line:


–          Monday March 17th—“Crowd Sourcing” with Mr. Metcalf  (you will want to come back to this document once you are assigned a topic)  You will be invited to the document by Mrs. Pierce.

–          Tuesday/Wednesday March 18/19th—pick partners and draw topic out of a hat

–          Wednesday-Friday March 19-21st—fill out planning guide, research, and create your project

–          Monday—March 24th—“grabbing video clips” with Mr. Metcalf

–          Tuesday—Wednesday March 25/26th—finish preparing your blog post and video clips and images.  Word document due to Mrs. Pierce at the end of class.

–          Thursday and Friday March 27/28th—finishing up your blog.  Due at the end of class.

–          Monday March 31st— we will be viewing all the posts so that you have a starting point of what interests you for your comments on Tuesday/Wednesday April 1-2nd.

–          Tuesday-Wednesday April 1-2nd—5 comments.