The Watsons Go to Birmingham---1963

Before you Read

Awards and Honors for Watsons

  • Newbery Honor Book
  • Coretta Scott King Honor book
  • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • ALA Notable Book
  • IRA Young Adults' Choice
  • Bank Street Child Study Association Children's Book Award
  • The New York Times Book Review Best Book
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book
  • The Horn Book Fanfare
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon
  • Golden Kite Award for Fiction


Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech
  • May 12: President John F. Kennedy sends federal troops to Alabama to protect citizens from violence between whites opposing school integration and blacks seeking equal rights.
  • June 15: Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is murdered at his Home.
  • August 28: Martin Luter King, Jr., gives his "I Have a Dream" speech in from of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official ... President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time — 2:00 Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago."

- Walter Cronkite

Cost of Living in 1963

Average Yearly Household Income: 5,807.00

New Home: 12,650.00

New Car: 3,233.00

Cost of a gallon of gasoline: .29

Cost of a loaf of bread: .22

The Original Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song
Bonanza Theme Song
Dick Van Dyke Show, The (Intro) S2 E1 (1962)

The Word Place

Take a quiz to see if you are hip or square. Match the lingo to the definition.

  1. any cool guy you happen to be talking to
  2. very good and satisfying
  3. hair treated with a chemical to straighten it
  4. to understand or "get it"
  5. a name used to address any boy or man
  6. to assault or mug someone
  7. foolish, nonsense
  8. a phonograph record
  9. a young, inexperienced boy
  10. an old-fashioned person

The Lingo

a. jive

b. Jack

c. Daddy-o

d. cool

e. square

f. platter

g. punk

h. conk

i. dig

j. jack up

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