Cultural Transformations of the Sixties

Select and complete one of the following assignments:

Option 1: The Dinner Party Script

Option 2: 1960s Time Capsule Presentation

Option 1: The Dinner Party Script

Imagine that you have been hired by Sonic Pictures to write a script of a scene in their new upcoming movie, The Transformative Sixties. The scene takes place at a dinner party at a New York socialite’s home. Your scene includes a conversation at a large table with attendees from various backgrounds.

Part 1:

  1. Select 2 people from the attendees list below who will be seated at the table in your scene.
Attendees List  
John F. KennedyMartin Luther KingBetty Friedan
Lyndon JohnsonA freedom riderStudent from SNCC
 Malcom XCesar Chavez

2. Select 2 events from the events list.

Events List  
Kennedy’s social and economic policyMarch on Washington (1963)Feminine Mystique
The Great SocietyGreensboro Sit-insNational Organization for Women (NOW)
Cuban Missile CrisisFreedom Rides 
Bay of PigsCivil Rights Act of 1964 
Vietnam (The Tet-68 Offensive)Black Power 
  1. Research the people and events you have selected and start to visualize the scene.
  • Complete the matrix below. List the 2 attendees and the 2 events you have chosen. In the significance column, provide 2-3 sentences about the historical significance of the attendee/event. Add a reference for the research material you used in the reference column.

Part 2: Write a 525- to 1,050-word script that represents a conversation between the two attendees you selected. The attendees should discuss the two events you chose from the list. Use the template provided with the suggested word counts for each section. Be sure to include specific historical details from your research.

The Transformative Sixties

[Scene title]

written by [Your name]

Scene: [set up your scene: who, what, where, and when; this should be about 100-150 words]

Dialogue [about 700 to 1,050 words]

Character 1:

Character 2:

Summarize and end the scene: [100-150 words]


Option 2: 1960s Time Capsule Presentation

Imagine that you are a research historian for the National Museum of American History. The year is 1969. You have been assigned to lead the time capsule project. The time capsule should contain mention of events, influential people, and various movements from the 1960s, and it should represent a variety of social, political, and economic materials from the 1960s. For example, you might include ta photograph from the Woodstock Festival or a painting from Andy Warhol. The time capsule will be dug up in 2060, so try to select items that represent a cross-section of American society in the 1960s.

Create a 10- to 15-slide presentation.

Select 6 objects representing the 1960s. Each slide should have 1 image with an explanation (200 words) of why this event/person/object was selected for the time capsule.

Include at least 2 research sources for this assignment.

Format your presentation consistent with appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

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