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Students listen to some examples of "protest" songs and start their research in class on their computers by going to some of the websites mentioned. They ten decide what songs mean the most to them and keep a running set of notes including the song, lyrics, overt or inferred meaning of the song, historical and/or environmental implications.
The Massacre of Tlatelolco is the focus of a discussion-based lesson. Civil-minded learners consider the nature of student movements that have ended in violence based on over-reaction and government oppression. They discuss the social consequences of the massacre and the more current protests.
Students analyze selected pieces of art and infer how they reflect a sense of disillusionment, and/or cynicism in American society in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. Then they identify and place cultural attitudes of recent generations of Americans within a historical context. Finally, students identify how art and/or literature and films mirrors a distrust, uneasiness, or cynicism from some Americans about how they view their government and its role.