1st Edition

Exploring America in the 1960s Our Voices Will Be Heard (Grades 6-8)

By Molly Sandling, Kimberley Chandler Copyright 2014
    134 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Exploring America in the 1960s: Our Voices Will Be Heard is an interdisciplinary humanities unit that looks at literature, art, and music of the 1960s to provide an understanding of how those living through the decade experienced and felt about the many social changes taking place around them. Through the lens of "identity," it explores why these changes occurred and lends an ear to the voices of the groups that clamored for them. Cultural icons like the Kennedys, the Beatles, Andy Warhol, and the Beach Boys are examined alongside larger issues such as the Civil Rights and women's rights movements and the Vietnam War. The unit uses field-tested instructional strategies for language arts and social studies from The College of William and Mary, as well as new strategies, and it includes graphic organizers and other learning tools. It can be used to complement a social studies or language arts curriculum or as standalone material in a gifted program.

    Grades 6-8

    Acknowledgement Unit Overview Implementation Guide Lesson 1: The Kennedy Years Lesson 2: The March on Washington and the Civil Rights Movement Lesson 3: The Motown Sound Lesson 4: Pop Art Lesson 5: The 1960s Environmental Movement Lesson 6: Women in the 1960s Lesson 7: The Counterculture Lesson 8: Protesting the War in Vietnam Lesson 9: The Civil Rights Movement Changes Lesson 10: The 1960s Come to an End References Appendix: Unit Glossary About the Authors Common Core State Standards Alignment


    Molly Sandling is a teacher at Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, VA. She completed her master's degree in history at Yale University and her master's degree in education at The College of William and Mary. She has written social studies units on various decades in United States history, one of which she received an NAGC Curriculum Award for in 2012.

    Dr. Kimberley Chandler is the Curriculum Director at the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary. She completed her master's degree in gifted education and her Ph.D. in educational policy, planning, and leadership, with an emphasis in gifted education administration, at William and Mary. While in the master's degree program, she wrote the language arts unit Literary Reflections and received the A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). During her doctoral program, she was a participant in the David L. Clark Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy, sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). She also received the NAGC Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and the NAGC Hollingworth Research Award.Kimberley's professional background includes teaching gifted students in a variety of settings, serving as an administrator of a school district gifted program, and providing professional development training for teachers and administrators nationally and internationally. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for gifted education endorsement courses for the University of Virginia, the College of Charleston, Casenex, Inc., and The College of William and Mary. Kimberley is the Network Representative on the NAGC Board of Directors, past chair of the NAGC Early Childhood Network and past co-chair of the NAGC Education Committee, Member-at-Large Representative and Membership Chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent (ROGCT) Special Interest Group, Newsletter Editor for the CEC-TAG Board of Directors, board member of the Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG), and USA Representative to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC). Her research interests include curriculum implementation and policy issues in gifted education and the design and evaluation of professional development programs for teachers of the gifted.Recently, she coauthored a book for Prufrock Press with Dr. Tamra Stambaugh: Effective Curriculum for Underserved Gifted Students. She has also served as the editor for publications from the Center for Gifted Education that are distributed by Prufrock.