Let the Sunshine in- The Hippie Movement

Teacher Name: Darryl Carr Grade Level(s): 9-12 Course: Social Studies

Anticipatory Lesson:


Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in reference:
  • To the Hippie’s experiment and alternative lifestyle
  • Why did their experiment in anarchy and communism fail
  • What could have made the experiments successful
  • Create a short opinion based document about the movement

Materials and technology needed:

  • Computer access to Youth Rebellion on CBS radio and television archives
  • Various books with information on the Hippie Movement
  • Radio Broadcast clips # 4,5,9, 11,12, and 13 Rockdale: the experiment explodes


Give your their definition of “Hippies.” look-up “Hippies” on the internet. Find information on clothes, music, culture and politics. In groups of three have the students view clips # 4, 5, and 9, and take notes on a “T-chart” comparing the views of the hippies with those of the authority. Students need to define “Anarchy” and “Communism.” and be able to give clear examples of each by proviing exaples of "anarchy," and "communism."
students are to listen to clips #11, 12 and 13, while formating response to the following questions:
1. What were the results of the hippies’ experiments with alternative lifestyles?
2. Why did the experiments in anarchy and communism eventually fail?
3. What could have made the experiments more successful?
4. What are your opinions of anarchy and communism as systems of social organization?

The hippies are now in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Students can write a three-page opinion paper about how they think the hippies’ experimentation with alternative lifestyles affected the rest of their lives, if at all. Additionally, Students can role-play a confrontation between a small group of hippies and an authority figure. Remind them to show respect for the views of both groups and to share their arguments respectfully.
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png Hippie T-Chart.docx
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png SCORING RUBRIC OPINION ESSAY.docx
external image vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document.png rubric role play.docx