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Upper graders explore pop culture and pop music as a forum for female role models. They explore women who have currently contributed to our pop world and why they could be considered role models. They each interview a woman in their lives, asking questions about their female role model. Responses are then shared with the class.
Learners evaluate the messages in music. In this communication through music lesson plan, students listen to various musical selections and determine the message being conveyed in the song. Then, learners create their own message as they pretend to be drummers in an African village.
Students examine pieces of art by African-American artists in the 20th Century. For each piece, they are shown slides of the artwork and others by the artist to identify the techniques used. In groups, they discuss and research the time period in which the art was produced to end the lesson.
Students present information on a particular African culture. In this folklore project, students research information on an African culture, decorate a mask worn during presentation, and find a corresponding folklore story to correspond with the culture and share with the class.
How has music influenced culture? This can be a great way to start this presentation on Bali and Indio pop. Balinese music from the past and how it has changed because of modern pop influences is covered in this informational resource. Tip: This could be a discussion-starter on the impact of globalization, the Internet, or the influence of music on traditional society.