America in the 1960s Mr. Largo
One Semester – Five Credits
Seldom has an era been simultaneously exaggerated and oversimplified, reviled and revered.
The Sixties are around us today in ways that you may never have dreamed of. Our semester
will be spent examining the events of the 60s including the roots of the decade in the 1950s,
the big events of the era, the literature, music, art and films of this decade as well as much,
much more! As John McWilliams wrote in his book, The 1960s Cultural Revolution, “The
Sixties: History in motion. At warp speed. We may never be the same.”
To examine the major events of the decade and their relationship to the United States
To trace the changes in the status of women, and other minorities, during the period
To critically analyze the impact the events of the time had on the culture of the era
To explore the roles played by the “movers and shakers” of the time
To study how the placid decade of the 1950s laid the foundation for the turmoil of
To study the changing dynamics of world politics during the decade and link those
changes to the present
To analyze how the hopes and dreams of the early part of the decade came crashing
down at the end of the decade
Course Requirements and Expectations:
This course will be taught, for the most part, through a lecture format. However, you will be
expected to participate in a number of ways throughout the semester. Among those
expectation are to:
1] listen during the portion of the class when either the instructor or another student is
2] critically view video material
3] respect the rights of others
4] be prepared for many exams, quizzes and other types of projects
5] be prepared to make oral presentations to class
6] be prepared to work independently, as well as in groups, on various projects
7] be responsible for getting all written projects turned in on the day that they are due.
A ten percent [10%] deduction will be made from the final grade for each day an
assignment is late. If more points are taken form a paper due to lateness than the
paper is worth, the surplus deduction will be subtracted from accumulated points.
8] be on time to class. Arriving ten minutes after the tardy bell has rung will
constitute an absence.
9] be prepared to read materials distributed throughout the semester. Always be
prepared to be tested over these readings.
10] be prepared to work inclass on the topic of the day. This will entail having a pen or pencil, paper and any reading materials required for the day. You should not expect to borrow materials from your classmates. If you are unable to obtain a pen, pencil or paper, contact me and I will be glad to provide loaners. As we may conclude the
semester with a comprehensive final exam, it would be an excellent idea to have some sort of binder for holding your notes and other class materials.
11] Any assignments submitted via the internet need to be sent in Microsoft Word format
to the e-mail address below.
The following items should be borne in mind throughout the semester to ensure your academic
Exams and quizzes will be announced far enough in advance to give you plenty of
time to prepare for them.
Retakes: In the unlikely event that you score below a 60% on and exam or quiz, you
may retake the assessment. In order to qualify for the retake you must [a] complete
the Retake Ticket for the unit [b] schedule a time to go over the Retake Ticket with
me and [c] complete the exam/quiz retake on your own time. You will be given the
better of the grades on the assessment. Students taking the class for credit
through WNCC will not, as per college policy, be allowed to retake exams or
Make-up work is your responsibility. If you are gone only the day of the test or quiz,
plan to take the assessment the next day, when you return to class. This is the only
time you will be allowed to utilize class time to complete the work. If you choose
not to take the make-up at that time, you will have to come in before or after school
or during an open hour to complete the work. If at all possible, complete all make-
up work within a week. The longer you wait to complete the work, the more likely it
will be that your memory will fade.
The following grading scale will be used to determine grades for the semester:
90 - 100 = A
80 - 89 = B
70 - 79 = C
60 - 69 = D
59 and below = F
Your average will be available on Infinite Campus as well as on your paper when we
go over the assessment in class.
If you need help at any time throughout the semester, please feel free to contact me. I am here
early in the morning and am also available after school. I will be more than happy to assist
you in any way that I can. Should you need to communicate with me outside of the school
day, my school e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great semester!