For the first part of this assignment, you will explore the provided websites to research and gather information about the 1960's, the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Rights movement.

Using the links provided, find five facts or events that happened during the 1960's and take notes about them.

Be sure to find at least three facts or events about the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's, one fact or events about the Women's Rights Movement, and one fact or event about anything that happened during the 60's including music, movies, sports, fashion, politics, world events and more.

When you are doing your research, be sure to note the importance and/or significance of each event/topic, don't just write down the event or topic. Even if the website does not tell you why something is important, brainstorm why you think it is. You want the students who read your letter to know why you think something is important!


Civil Rights:

African American Odyssey: Sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and Demonstrations 

The Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968) 

Civil Rights and Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Movement Timeline

Greensboro Sit-Ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement

Greensboro Sit-Ins: Launch of a Civil Rights Movement Timeline

 Psychedelic 60s: The Civil Rights Movement

We Shall Overcome: List of Sites of Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

History of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality)

Montgomery Bus Boycott- Story of Montgomery Bus Boycott

The Montgomery Bus Boycott

NAACP: Timeline

Women's Rights:

A Short History of the Women's Movement

Women's Movement Detailed Timeline

National Women's Hall of Fame: Betty Friedan

We Raise Our Voices: Women's Liberation

The Equal Pay Act of 1963

Sixties Culture:

American Cultural History: 1960-1969

1960's Music Summary

What Happened in the 60's?

Biography of John F. Kennedy

Biography of Lyndon B. Johnson

Biography of Richard M. Nixon

The Moon Landing


Now you are ready to gather your research and put it together!

Your task now is to complete a "RAFT" which is short for Role, Audience, Format, and Topic.

Using your research, do the following:



~ YOU are the 1960's. You want to teach students about the things that happened during your decade!



~ Your audience is current history students. You want to explain the events of the 1960's to these students.



~ You, the 1960's, will write a letter using the information that you have gathered. The letter needs to be fairly detailed so your audience fully understands what you are trying to teach them.



~ The topic that you will write your letter about is the important events of the 1960's.


SO, to sum it all up, your assignment is to write a letter from yourself (remember, you are playing the role of the 1960's) to current history students about important events of the 1960's.


Here is an example of a letter:


Dear history students of the future,

    Hi! I am the 1960's, and I am writing this letter to give you a first hand account of what has happened during my decade. First of all, things have been crazy! The Civil Rights Movement has taken up a lot of my time and has made things in our country a lot better. On August 10th, 1963, this groovy man named Martin Luther King gave an awesome speech called, "I Have a Dream." I think it's going to go down in history because it was so important in changing people's minds about race relations in our country. Well, I hope this has helped you to understand me better!

        Peace Out,

            The Sixties      





Be creative with this sure to include important points and information, but have fun with it!

The last part of this assignment is simple: you will read your letters to your fellow classmates! This will give you the opportunity to both learn things that your peers may have found that you didn't as well as teach your peers information that you have that they may not have found.