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Guide to a research project for Melanie and Kevin's 1960s research project.

Project Overview

This is it! This project puts each of you in charge. You will pick a topic of your own choosing centered on the 1960s and develop a research question that will allow you to examine your topic in a historical way. You will do research to come up with a response to that question. That might mean identifying how different researchers and scholars have looked at a question like yours, it might mean comparing primary sources to secondary ones and seeing how they fit together (or do not), it might mean figuring out why a big change happened in your topic area or in another area because of your topic. There are lots of possibilities. In the end, you are going to present what you have learned in both scholarly and creative ways.


❖ Understand the uses of different kinds of information databases
❖ Differentiate between reliable/unreliable sources and academic/general sources
❖ Understand the research process/steps
❖ Use and relate a variety of sources
❖ Generate a professional final product reflecting understanding of research question/process
❖ Independently develop, reflect on, assess and revise research strategies
❖ Develop ability to assess one’s own work


Katherine Johnson, the NASA Mathematician Who Advanced Human Rights with a Slide Rule and Pencil

Katherine Johnson, the NASA Mathematician Who Advanced Human Rights with a Slide Rule and Pencil

NASA chief Charles Bolden recalls the historic trajectory of the “human computer” who played a key role in the Apollo 11 moon landing, and as a female African-American in the 1960s, shattered stereotypes in the process.

Members of the Indians of All Tribes group, occupying the former prison at Alcatraz Island, 1969

1969: ‘Indians of All Tribes’ group occupies Alcatraz Island

A group of 78 Indians calling themselves Indians of All Tribes lands on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay and begins to occupy it in a demonstration for the rights of American Indians. Indians of All Tribes draws on powerful historic precedents of Native peoples taking a stand for the return of illegally taken lands, and they also usher in a new activist movement that draws attention with its mix of radicalism and American Indian traditionalism.

“We moved onto Alcatraz Island because we feel that Indian people need a cultural center of their own. For several decades, Indian people have not had enough control of training their young people. And without a cultural center of their own, we are afraid that the old Indian ways may be lost. We believe that the only way to keep them alive is for Indian people to do it themselves.” —Letter from Indians of All Tribes, December 16, 1969

Vietnam War protest march

Vietnam War protest march, Associated Press, 1965. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Beatlemania, 1964

Police hold back screaming fans fighting to get near their idols, the Beatles, when the Liverpool pop group returned to London Airport from Paris, on February 5, 1964. A strong police escort had to accompany the four Beatles from their aircraft to the customs channel. (Atlantic)

Loving Decision: 40 Years of Legal Interracial Unions

On June 12, 1967, the nation's highest court voted unanimously to overturn the conviction of Richard and Mildred Loving, a young interracial couple from rural Caroline County, Va.

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Research Project Timeline (Approx 19 class days):

Week One: Getting Started- Focusing Your Topic and Generating a Research Question (4/11)
Week Two: Finalize Research Question/ Researching (4/24- No School Monday)
Week Three: Research Week (5/1)
Week Four: Analysis and Preparing to Write (5/8)
Week Five: Writing, Revising and Citations(5/15)
Week Six: Writing Revisions/ Planning and Creating product (5/22- Melanie on Retreat Monday/Tuesday, No Class Friday)
Week Seven: Finish Product/Presentations (No Monday, 5/30 only)
Week Eight:​ Presentations (6/6 exam only)