The 1960s Teacher Pass

Stay groovy, Shmoopers.

The 1960s left a legacy of groovy music and out-of-this-world fashions, but it wasn't just the Age of Aquarius. It was a time of counterculture and social change. So shake off your bell-bottoms, and accessorize with this teaching guide.

In this guide you will find

  • activities analyzing historical documents, videos, and songs of the time.
  • discussion questions on ideology, labor, and culture.
  • historical resources from the history of rockin' and rollin' to a bio of JFK and the powerful Civil Rights movement.

Our wicked righteous teaching guide comes highly recommended. Wearing platform shoes to class: optional.

What's Inside Shmoop's History Teaching Guides

Shmoop is a labor of love from folks who love to teach. Our teaching guides will help you supplement in-classroom learning with fun, engaging, and relatable learning materials that bring history to life.

Inside each guide you'll find quizzes, activity ideas, discussion questions, and more—all written by experts and designed to save you time. Here are the deets on what you get with your teaching guide:

  • 3-5 Common Core-aligned activities (including quotation, image, and document analysis) to complete in class with your students, with detailed instructions for you and your students. 
  • Discussion and essay questions for all levels of students.
  • Reading quizzes to be sure students are looking at the material through various lenses.
  • Resources to help make the topic feel more relevant to your 21st-century students.
  • A note from Shmoop's teachers to you, telling you what to expect from teaching the topic and how you can overcome the hurdles.