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During this term, we will be reading the novel, The Outsiders. In order to fully understand the context of the story, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the time period. In some ways many things haven’t changed since the 1960s (i.e. gangs, friendship, etc.). However, in other ways, there have been major transformations. Therefore, you will research certain topics in order to gain a fuller understanding of the setting and social contexts of the novel. You will complete the following tasks:

- Research a given topic
- Prepare a presentation about the topic by including pictures, facts, sound clips, etc. (poster and/or PowerPoint presentation)
- Give an oral presentation to the class about the topic

Topics:

* Music * Fashion * Historical events * Food and entertainment * Celebrities and movies * Greasers and preps/socials
Questions to Answer and Websites to Explore

Music

1. What kind of music was popular during the 60s? List a few different genres. 2. What music artists were popular? What were the top songs/albums? http://oldfortyfives.com/1964.htm 3. How is the music different from today? Are there any similarities? 4. Do you think the music of the time had a big influence on the generation? Do you think the music of today has an influence on people? Why or why not? 5. Play at least two songs during your presentation (if you do not have the songs, ask a parent or teacher to help you out)

http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1965.html

Fashion 1. What kind of clothes and shoes were popular during the mid- 1960s? 2. Which hairstyles were popular? 3. What kind of makeup was popular? 4. The Socs wear madras shirts in the book. What do they look like? Give a picture. 5. How are the clothes different from today’s fashion? How are they the same?

http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fashion/teen-hair-styles.htm

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