Where We Belong

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Essential Question:

What holds us together? What keeps us apart?

In this unit of study, we will explore our essential question through the lens of the 1960's, one of the most world-changing decades in our history, through reading, writing, listening and speaking. During the 1960's, people were divided about what they believed was right and wrong on subjects as diverse as the war in Vietnam, women's rights, civil rights, the environment, music, and even the way people wore their hair. Through our exploration of this decade, we will consider what what holds us together and what keeps us apart in terms of the different ethnic, linguistic, and social groups that we belong to.

The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation
To kick off this unit, we will watch a PBS documentary entitled, The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation. The 1960s are America’s most historically and culturally complex decade. Events and personalities connect, collide, and carom across years and themes. Because space is limited, this timeline offers just a fraction of newsworthy happenings from the era. The events used in this interactive timeline were chosen on the basis of importance at the time, and continuing significance for American culture at the start of the 21st century. Check out PBS's awesome 60's timeline to explore more.

Whole-Class Text: The Watsons Go to Birmingham


Past Tense Verbs
Future Tense Verbs


Where We're From Memoir
Cultural Encyclopedia



Google Books Workbook