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Chapter Nine: Life in the Sixties
Learning Activities

3 Handouts

Activity 1 - Vocabulary

livelihood concocting vaguely perplexed
solace foreboding stoically reluctantly

Learners read the sentences from the chapter on Handout 1. They write their own definition for each word and then use a dictionary to check their definitions. Then, they write another sentence for each word.

Activity 2 – Chapter Questions

Learners answer questions about the chapter. The questions are listed on Handout 2. Below are the questions and answers for the instructor.

Questions: p.98-99
  1. What happened when the Air Force sent a black Santa? No one wanted to sit on his lap because they all knew Santa was white.

  2. What was the only connection to the outside world in the 1960s? AFRN, radio station from Elmendorf Air Force Base outside Anchorage.

  3. Why did Velma volunteer to wash dishes at night? So that she could listen to the radio at 11pm played by disk jockey Pete Smith.

Questions: p.100-101
  1. How was her father earning a living? He would trap in the winter.

  2. What furs did he come home with? What did they use the money for? Lynx, marten, mink, fox and weasels. Food, electricity and other items to raise 13 children.

  3. What two things did they do to help their mother? Scrape baby “dah” off diapers with a table knife and wash green wine bottles in a big tub for homebrew.