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The 1960's

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The 1960's

Print Hippies Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Hippies Reading Comprehension

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.38

     challenging words:    drugged-out, ill-fitting, integral, laid-back, loafer, unmotivated, hippie, hippies, sit-ins, finding, society, footwear, meditation, writing, generally, marches
     content words:    Middle Eastern, John Lennon, George Harrison, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Vietnam War, United States

By Jane Runyon

1     If you were to ask ten different people what a hippie is, you would probably get ten different answers. The hippie generation appeared in America in the late 1960s. Hippies could generally by identified by the way they looked. The women wore long peasant-type skirts and blouses. Both men and women let their long hair hang free. Some wore headbands around their foreheads. The men wore baggy, ill-fitting pants and, in many cases, tie-dyed shirts. Both sexes preferred sandals and being barefoot to any other kind of footwear. There were often seen carrying flowers and wearing peace signs along with beaded jewelry.
2     Many young people in the late 60s were searching for a purpose for their lives. Many were drawn to Middle Eastern forms of meditation and yoga that promised to bring them "inner peace." They watched such musical idols as the Beatles search for the same thing. What started as a search by a few turned into a movement involving thousands of young people. Their motto became "Turn on, tune in, drop out."
3     Unfortunately, to many hippies, "turning on" meant using drugs. They thought that marijuana would bring them peace of mind and that LSD, a hallucinogenic, would help them see the world in a new and better way. This is how many adults saw the hippie movement. Young, unmotivated people who dropped out of school, dropped out of society, and sat around all day taking drugs.

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