The break between the music of the 1950's and the 1960's is imprecise. A reasonable way of "dating" the 1960's is with the "British invasion" of American Music. This refers to numerous British groups, admirers and emulators of American rock and roll, who broke into the U.S. market during the early 1960's.
Part I of this lesson talks about the British Invasion. The Beatles made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, February 9, 1964. In New York City, there were 50,000 request for seats in the studio that held only 703 people. An estimated 73 million television viewers watched the Beatles perform 5 songs.
Part II of this lesson talks about Motown Music. In 1959 Berry Gordy a one time assembly line worker at Ford Motor company founded a Detroit based record company called Motown. By 1963 Motown became the most successful black owned record company in the history of American music.
Part III this part of the lesson talks about the classic sounds of the 60's such as Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix; Janis Joplin; The Doors; Steppenwolf; Bonnie Raitt; Simon & Garfunkel
Part IV this lesson talks about the message music- what distinguished music from the mid 60's forward was the production of songs with a social or political message. The music was an attempt to reflect upon the events of the time such as; civil rights, Vietnam and the rise of feminism. Such as; Dylan "The Times are A-Changing: Baez-One Tin Soldier; Dylan & Baez "Blowing in the Wind Credence Clearwater Revival; Neil Young; Crosby, Stills, and Nash and many more.
You can print these pages out and laminate and have them for years. This is a great lesson to enhance when you are teaching about the decade of the 50's; 60's or 70's.