USA 1960s Project

Don’t forget the deadline on Monday. Please send your term paper to

mail2seidel@yahoo.co.uk

in pdf format.
You can also send me a picture or two via WhatsApp as proof that you are finished and bring a printed version to class on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Printing is a good idea, it just feels better to have your work in your hands after all these weeks!

Format Tips

Hier einige Hinweise zu 1. Zitaten (quotations), 2. zum Deckblatt und 3. zu Bildern.

1. Quotations:

Ich wurde in den letzten Tagen häufiger nach der Zitierweise gefragt. Das ist eine gute und wichtige Frage! Zu einer Facharbeit gehört eine saubere Arbeitsweise, das bedeutet, dass man andere Ideen benutzen darf und sogar sollte, aber sie auf gar keinen Fall als eigene Ideen darstellen darf! Das nennt sich geistiger Diebstahl und führt in der echten Welt zu empfindlichen Strafen  und hier zu einer deutlichen Abwertung! Ich habe mich aber aktuell dazu entschieden, eine saubere Zitierweise aufgrund der Situation nicht verpflichtend zu machen (noch einmal: das heißt nicht, dass ihr Ideen oder fremde Texte stehlen dürft!) Wer aber sauber zitieren möchte, kann das gerne tun. Also nochmal in aller Kürze:

It’s good to use quotations!
It’s good to work with other texts!
But always always always say where your ideas come from!

  1. A) direct quote
    Original: The 60s were great.

→ “The 60s were great” (Peter Smith, The 1960s, 2011.)

  1. B) indirect quote
    Original: The 60s were great.

→ In his book, Peter Smith calls the 60s great. (Peter Smith, The 1960s, 2011.)

Quellen sollten am Ende der Arbeit und “List of Works Cited” in alphabetischer Reihenfolge angegeben werden – auch Internetseiten:

  • “The Feminist Movement” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feminist_movement)

2. Title Page (Deckblatt)

Das Deckblatt sollte mindestens Deinen Namen enthalten, den Titel und ein Datum.

Ein Bild kann eingefügt werden, es sollte aber aussagekräftig sein – z.B. ein historisch wichtiges Bild, das die Zeit gut beschreibt – und nicht rein dekorativ.

Beim Titel benutzt man oft einen Haupttitel und einen Untertitel. Der Untertitel beschreibt den Inhalt der Arbeit etwas genauer.

Beispiel (bitte zumindest den Haupttitel nicht übernehmen, den Untertitel könnt ihr nehmen, den haben wir ja häufiger benutzt):

Crazy and weird

The Fight for Peace and Freedom in the American 1960s

Als Haupttitel bietet sich z.B. ein sehr kurzer Zitatschnipsel an, vielleicht aus einem Song.

3. Bilder

Eigentlich gehören in eine Facharbeit nicht unbedingt Bilder, aber man kann sie sparsam einfügen, wenn sie einen inhaltlichen Beitrag liefern (s. o. / Deckblatt). Wer in einem Kapitel Bilder nehmen möchte, kann im Text auf die Bilder eingehen und/oder eine erklärende Bildunterschrift einfügen.

2020-06-02: Video Meeting

Optional Task: Women’s Rights Movement

Because some of you asked me: Here are some ressources to start with your optional chapter on the feminist movement of the 1960s. You should look up “optional” before you start working 😉

The following articles will give you a good overview on what it was all about:

https://www.thoughtco.com/1960s-feminist-activities-3529000

https://tavaana.org/en/case-studies/1960s-70s-american-feminist-movement-breaking-down-barriers-women

Also, just google “Women’s Rights Movement in the 1960s”

 

DAY 11: Monday – Final Day

Guten Morgen zusammen, heute gebe ich euch die restlichen Aufgaben. Das letzte Kapitel der Arbeit dreht sich um Malcolm X. Alles Wichtige dazu habe ich als pdf-Datei eingefügt:

Term Paper Malcolm X

Den Text habe ich schon häufiger für die Klassenarbeit verwendet. Ihr könnt also ganz nebenbei sehen, was andere Schülerinnen und Schüler in eurem Alter bewältigt haben.

Hier ist außerdem ein Video über Malcolm X:

Hier sind außerdem Hinweise, wie man Einleitung und Schluss schreibt.

Term Paper Writing – Intro and Conclusion

Und ganz am Ende: Hier sind Hinweise, wie man die Arbeit formatiert.

Wie formatiere ich eine Facharbeit

Ein Angebot: Ihr könnt mir bis zum 29.5. eure unfertige Arbeit schicken (in einer Datei), damit ich euch vor der letzten Phase eurer Arbeit noch Tipps geben kann, was fehlt und was besser gemacht werden kann. Je eher ihr mir etwas schickt,desto eher kann ich euch sagen, ob ihr in die falsche Richtung gelaufen seid und desto kürzer ist der Weg, den ihr ggf. zurücklaufen müsst. Nutzt das Angebot, es gibt keinen Ärger, keine Kritik, nur Tipps und Hinweise!

Last but not least habe ich euch auf besonderen Wunsch und als Serviceleistung alle bisherigen Arbeitsaufträge in einer Übersicht zusammengefasst:

Project Term Paper – OVERVIEW

Wer sich zusätzlich mit der Frauenbewegung der Zeit beschäftigen möchte, kann sich bei mir melden! Es gilt weiterhin: Ich freue mich über jede Nachricht von euch!

DAY 10: Wednesday – Today: Video Meeting

 

 

Also watch this video to understand the context better (it’s in German):
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/074567-005-A/grosse-reden-martin-luther-king/

 

DAY 9: Monday – Today’s topic: Martin Luther King

Ihr Lieben,

heute einmal auf Deutsch: es war gut, euch alle wiederzusehen und Kontakt aufzunehmen! Ich habe in einigen Gruppen herausgehört, dass ein wenig mehr Druck nicht schaden könnte. Bislang war es so, dass die Heimarbeit nicht negativ bewertet werden kann, so dass das mit dem Druck schwierig war. Das ist mit dem einsetzenden Präsenzunterricht nun anders, da die Facharbeit im Rahmen des Unterrichts entsteht und bewertet werden kann.
Das bedeutet:

  • Abgabe der Facharbeit ist am 8.6.2020 bis 23:59 Uhr. Das sind über drei volle Wochen (das hört sich viel an, aber die Zeit brauchen wir – insbesondere die, die bisher nicht viel gemacht haben).
  • Die Arbeit wird benotet. Geht davon aus, dass ich nett benote, wenn ich guten Willen sehe. Dazu gehört ein angemessener Umfang (vgl. Satzangaben bei den einzelnen Aufgaben) sowie eine eigenständige Leistung. Ich möchte sehen, dass ihr euch mit dem Thema beschäftigt habt. Kopierte oder verspätet abgegebene Arbeiten werden mit ungenügend bewertet (Tipp: Setzt euch eine Frist für den 5.6.2020, um am Ende Zeit für technische Probleme etc. zu haben).

Term Paper Task: Schreibt ein Kapitel von 12-14 Sätzen über Martin Luther King. Maximal drei Sätze sollten zu seiner Person sein, der Rest zu seinem Werk und seinen Ideen. Berücksichtigt dabei die Rede „I have a dream“. Einen Auszug habe ich euch auf das letzte Arbeitsblatt zum Download kopiert, sogar mit Übersetzungen.

Ein erster Entwurf der Aufgabe sollte bis Mittwoch fertig sein. Nach der Videokonferenz (s.u.) ist Zeit für Überarbeitungen. Die nächste Aufgabe folgt dann am Montag darauf.

Zum Überblick, damit ihr euch die Zeit einteilen könnt und wisst, wo ihr steht:

  • Es folgt danach ein etwas kürzeres Kapitel über Malcolm X.
  • Danach sind wir mit dem Hauptteil fertig. Wir müssen noch besprechen, wie man Einleitung und Schluss schreibt, außerdem wie man die Facharbeit formatiert.
  • Ich persönlich fände ein Kapitel über die Frauenrechtsbewegung der Zeit sehr wichtig, aber das mache ich nur optional (d.h. freiwillig).

Am nächsten Mittwoch biete ich um 15:30Uhr eine Zoomkonferenz an und würde mich freuen, viele von euch zu sehen. Dann können wir das aktuelle Kapitel besprechen. Der Link erscheint wie immer hier.

So viel bis heute, Details folgen.

 


 

Dear class, so it seems we’ll see each other again soon. We decided it would be the best idea to stop here so that you have the chance to check your texts, watch the videos again and re-write some of your texts. We will discuss some of the topics you worked on, but we will not start from scratch! (<- Look this up) So do yourselves a favour and show up prepared.

 

DAY 8: Video Conference

Day 7: Tuesday – Today’s topic: Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement

Hello class! I hope you are doing alright! Rumours are that we will see each other again soon! I am looking forward to discussing everything with you.
Thank you for your messages! There are still not as many as I hope for, but it’s getting better.

I will offer a video conference on Wednesday at 15.30pm to discuss questions. I will post the link here shortly before. You can join without switching the video on. 

Last week you learned about the racial segregation in the USA. Today we talk about what people did against the situation of the Blacks in the 1960s.

Have a look at the following video (0:00-3:00) and answer the questions below. Read to the end before you start writing!

Who was Rosa Parks?
How did she get to school as a child? Why couldn’t she use a bus? (2 sentences)
Which school education did she get? (1 sentence)
Why did she become famous? What happened in 1955? (4-5 sentences)
Why has she become a role model? (tricky question) (2-5 sentences)
What was the bus boycott about and what was the outcome? (4-5 sentences)

After you answered the tasks, also read the left half of the following sheet to complete your answers:

The 1960s segregation3-4

Start your text like this:

3.2. The Fight for Equality: The Civil Rights Movement
As we have seen in chapter 3.1., the situation for the Blacks especially in the South of the USA was unbearable. Many people started to protest. A famous person in the fight was Rosa Parks….(Now go on with the answers to the questions above).

You should have finished these tasks by Thursday. As always: Please contact me if you encouter any kind of problem. No need to suffer silently.

Day 6: Wednesday – Today’s topic: The Situations of the African-Americans in the 1960s

Good morning everyone! 🙂 So I hope you have all gotten well through the topic Cold War – Vietnam War – Anti-War Movement – Hippies. Please send me your results if you are unsure or even unhappy with your work. You can also send it to me if you like it of course! 🙂

So I found this video which gives you a good summary of the world-wide protests of the time. Don’t worry, it’s in German. I hope you have also found some videos that were helpful…about Vietnam, the Hippies…

We leave this huge topic ”Cold War – Vietnam War – Anti-War Movement – Hippies” behind us for a while and focus on another problem of the time: The situation of African-Americans. Have a look at the following clip from the movie ”Mississippi Burning” (1988). It’s about two FBI agents who want to solve a crime against three men who fought for the rights of the Blacks. The FBI agents are from Washington and go to Mississippi. In 1964, that’s when the plot is set, there were still many laws that lead to the segregation of Blacks (“Rassentrennung”). The two FBI agents enter a restaurant and want to ask some questions. You can take notes when you answer the following question:

1. Describe how the people are seated and how they react to the FBI agents!
2. Describe the reaction of the black kid when the FBI agent tries to ask him something (Hint: The black kid says ”I ain’t got nothing to say to you sir.” /The auto-subtitles are not always right!)) What is his facial expression like? Why do you think he doesn’t want to answer? Just guess! As always, text with a friend to discuss your ideas!

Alright? Let’s move on!

TERM PAPER TASK: This is, as you know, the task you have to answer to finish your term paper. Read the following text and write 10-12 sentences about ”The situation of Blacks in the USA”. You should find more information before you start writing (find videos etc.)!

Important! Use words from the word list in our textbook, p.167!!

The 1960s segregation3

Here is a little help to structure your text:

– Start with an overview: ”The situation of African-Americans wasn’t easy in the 1960s, especially in the South… There was…..”

– Use examples: ”For example, there were the Jim Crow Laws that said that….”

– More examples: ”Very often, crimes against Blacks were not punished. For example, Emmett Till….”

– In the movie ”Mississippi Burning” you can see that Blacks…(here you can use the notes from above!)

You don’t have to write about Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement yet.

Ok? Let me know if you need more help! I am always happy to hear from you!

Deadline: Monday evening!

DAY 5: Monday – Today’s topic: structure

No new tasks today, just an overview so that you know where you are or should be. Have a look at our structure:

Notice that I have written [TITLE] above the second title. Here you can put in a short line from a song, something that gives an idea of your topic. Keep your eyes open for something that sounds good to you. Ask me if you need help.

Also notice that I checked all the parts of our term paper that you should have finished by Tuesday.

Day 4: Thursday – Today’s topic: The Hippies and the Anti-War Movement

So then. If I don’t hear back from you, I am sure there are no problems. So it seems this is easier for you than I thought. Perhaps I can give you some more difficult tasks next week then? At the end, everybody has to hand in his or her term paper.

By now, you will have found out that the 1960s were not exactly peaceful: There was the fear that the Cold War would turn hot and nuclear missiles destroy the whole world. Besides, Americans were able to see the horrible pictures from Vietnam every evening on the news. This caused a strong reaction, a protest movement.

Before you go on: Find out what many young people of the time thought what could be the answer to the problems of the world. There were at least two kinds of ideas. Here are two video clips that show exactly what I am talking about. The idea behind No1 is easy (the answer is one word, if you want to make it very easy), the one behind no 2 is tricky. Discuss your ideas with your friends! If you have no idea, text me! I will give you hints. Google the lyrics!

Just ignore the difficult lines and look for lines you understand. I am sure you will get the message of the song!

Ok, here comes the more difficult one. The song is called “White Rabbit” and is performed by Jefferson Airplane, a very popular band from San Francisco. Ask yourself: What can you do when you think the world is a dark place? Hint No 1: Don’t try this at home! I am serious. Sad but true, many people, Including Jim Morrison, died from this! Hint No 2: She sings about a character you all know! Google the lyrics and read them before you listen to the song!


TERM PAPER TASK: Start a new chapter. Take the title from above.
You can start like this: “Many people in the US, especially the younger generation, felt that something had to be done.”

a) talk about the Hippies and the Anti-War Movement (yes, you have to do some research). b) Use examples from songs that show what Hippies and people in the Anti-War Movement thought, how they lived and what they fought for! The ideas behind the videos above will help you!

You should write 10-15 sentences in total until Tuesday!

You can use the songs above and/or the ones below. Use quotes from the songs! That’s quite easy:
(Example: xy’s song shows that….because he sings “….”.

Always google the lyrics if they are not included in the video!

More songs you should have a look at / you can use in your term paper:

Jefferson Airplane – Somebody to Love

John Lennon – Imagine
This classic has some easy lines you can use. Actually the song is from 1971, but the Vietnam War was still on.

Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
One of the best-known songs about the Hippie movement.

Day 3: Wednesday Video Meeting 9.30 a.m.

No new tasks today. But there is always time for music. Here is another song by ”The Doors”. Many people of the time thought that their singer (Jim Morrison) was the best-looking star of the time. I listened to their music when I was younger:

Day 2: Tuesday – Today’s topic: The Vietnam War

Hello, good morning! So before we start today, there are two things I’d like to say:

Firstly: Please get in touch! Leave a message in the forum! Tell me about your ideas! Tell me what is difficult. I would love to know if there was something you liked or disliked!
Secondly: Let me tell you why I think it is extremely important to learn about the 1960s. A lot of what we know and have today started then. We have more freedom, more rights for different groups of society including women (who, in the 1960s, had to ask their husbands for a written “OK” if they wanted to have a job!!). Girls, you can become a doctor or a lawyer because people back then fought for you! It was a decade of hope and positivity in hopeless times. And last but not least: The kind of protest was inspiring. And some of the music that fueled the protest is among the best ever written. That’s why I like the 60s.

Alright: Today, we move on from the Cold War and have a look at the Vietnam War.

Have a look at this video and answer these questions for yourselves. Again, calling or texting a friend to discuss your ideas is the way to go.
The video is the intro to the movie “Apocalypse Now” by Francis Ford Coppola.
There is a song in the video by The Doors, one of the biggest bands of the time. Before you watch the video, read the lyrics of the song “The End”:

This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end, my only friend
The end of our elaborate plans
The end of everything that stands
The end

No safety or surprise
The end
I’ll never look into your eyes again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need of
some strangers hand
In a desperate land

Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain

  1. Make a chart like this one:
I see… I hear… The atmosphere is…(also consider the song or at least the title!)

 

Watch the video. Fill out the chart!

 

  1. Some people say the song and the pictures express the feeling that many young people of the time had. What is this feeling the video creates? Your chart might help!
  2. Bonus: Try to explain the lines

Desperately in need of
some strangers hand
In a desperate land”
Who is the stranger? What is the desperate land?

For your term paper, you should now answer the tasks below. They are for Thursday, so you have an extra day! (Write on a computer if possible)

TERM PAPER TASKS

  1. Say in two to three sentences what the Vietnam War was about.
  2. Say in one or two sentences how the Vietnam War was connected to the Cold War.
  3. Say in three or four sentences why so many people in the US protested against the Vietnam War.

The Term paper Tasks are the one you really need in the end. The other tasks above give you a better idea of the time, a better feel for the time, so working on them makes you smarter and make your term paper better!

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Dear 9c,

welcome back to school! Well, “school”, or rather homeschooling. I hope this craziness ends soon, so that we can all sit together in one room, read highly exciting texts and laugh about [enter name here]’s English 🙂

So then. I have thought up a super cool project that will keep you busy for at least two weeks. You will – tataa – be writing a term paper!

Actually I do think this topic is extremely interesting, and I hope you will find some enjoyment working on it. The key to any project is: Make it yours! Find something you are interested in, and you will be good!

The topic of your term paper is loosely based on topic 3 in the book: “It’s a free country”.
However, we will focus more on the USA in the 1960’s and the fight for peace and freedom.

First rule: Don’t panic! I know it’s a difficult topic, and it’s a difficult project. I hope I can offer help to everybody, from English experts to….those who rather have their talent in math.

Our working title is:

The Fight for Peace and Freedom in the American 1960’s

“What?” Some of you might ask. Which fight? Why peace? First task for Tuesday: Find out!

In class, I would show you this video from 1965 and ask you:
– Describe what you have just seen! Which impression do you get from the American 1960s?
– What does the title mean? Explain!

Think about the questions I have just asked. Text with or call a friend to discuss your ideas.
(Bonus for ambitious pupils: Google “Eve of Destruction lyrics” and try to understand the meaning of as much of it as possible. You can ask me questions to get tips. You can also use your ideas here in your term paper later.)

Next step: Write down the answer to the following question. You will need it for your term paper, so writing them on a computer (if you have one) and saving it would be great.

  • What was the Cold War?
    Why did it start? Who were the opponents? Why was it called “Cold” War?

Write 6-8 sentences until Tuesday! There will be new tasks on Tuesday, so don’t wait!