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Styles in Context: Is it Music?
Students view the video, Behind the Music: 1992, and discuss the new genres of pop music that were emerging in that era. They discuss the content of the music and what it's like on the surface. They write an essay comparing it to other genres of music.
Words/Music/Images: Interpretation and Meaning A Motivational Activity
Students explore popular music in its historical context. In this music instructional activity, students examine the lyrics, musicical arrangement, and video imagery of selected songs to interpret the messages and themes of the songs.
In this famous people worksheet, students read about the life of Celine Dion and complete a variety of comprehension activities including but not limited to matching, sequencing, writing and spelling activities. An answer key is included.
The History of Rock and Roll: Part 8 - The 70's Have a Nice Day - Lesson 2
Students identify the characteristics and elements of large scale rock productions. They examine the similarities between the American Vaudeville shows and the large-scale rock theater productions of the 1970's.
Students explore Europe's comples cultural identity. Students consider if one song could represent all pop music tastes of Europe. In groups, students plan an evening of entertainment. They design posters to promote the event.
Unit 4 (Grammar and Word Choice Quiz)
For this grammar worksheet, students complete a 3 page, 15 question multiple choice quiz on correct word use. Students complete each sentence with the correct word from 4 choices.
Call It Macaroni...Music of the American Revolution.
Fifth graders explore the music and perform songs from the 1750's through the Revolutionary War. The relationship between music and the events and rising tensions of the time period form the basis of this instructional activity.
Memorable Singer 1929-1949
Students examine how Louis Armstrong's fame spread from the African American community to the whole world. They examine how his singing style influenced both popular and jazz musicians by participating in guided listening of his musical pieces.
The John Travolta Syndrome
Students examine the influence of music and film on contemporary fashion. In this popular culture lesson, students research select films featuring John Travolta. Students research selected time periods in American history as well. Students use their research finding to prepare presentations regarding the assigned historical time periods and the film clips.
In this Bob Dylan worksheet, students read about the life of the performer, then complete a variety of comprehension activities. An answer key is included.
The History of Rock and Roll: Parts 1, 6, 8, and 10 - Lesson 2
Students watch a VH-1 video on the history of Rock and Roll. They discuss the technological advancements in music and broadcast medium over the decades.
Ambassador Satch, Superb Entertainer: 1950-1971
Young scholars participated in guided listening lessons of Louis Armstrong's jazz music while interpreting his lyrics. They study his life as an entertainer and goodwill ambassador for the US.
Ragtime: The First "American" Music?
High schoolers investigate the concept of Rag Time Music and the times associated to it in American History. They conduct research using a variety of resources and listen to a sample before writing down some of the results of the information search.
A Song for Every Headline - Lesson 1
Learners identify popular songs from 1968 and make connections with the year's current events They recognize popular music as a reflection of the culture. They focus on songs of the Vietnam War era.
West Virginia State Museum Lesson Plan: West Virginia Music
Students compare and contrast music about West Virginia. In this West Virginia history lesson, students analyze popular music so that they may gain an understanding of the relationships between songs and history. Students then create their own songs about West Virginia after they have visited the West Virginia State Museum.
VH1 AIDS: A Pop Culture History Lesson 2
High schoolers examine messages in popular music, and observe the musical elements of the Rhythm and Blues and Rap genres.
Know Thyself: Reflections of the Adolescent Identity Crisis in Rock and Roll
Twelfth graders define themselves through music. In this psychology lesson, 12th graders identify James Marcia's 4 states of identity and identify songs that reflect each of the states.
Listen to the Sounds of Poetry
Twelfth graders examine the elements of poetry and music. In this creative writing lesson, 12th graders discuss the features of poetry and music lyrics. Students identify popular music and dissect their contents in literary terms. Students critique their favorite music using literary analysis.
Students analyze the concept of democracy. In this democratic values lesson, students analyze the lyrics of selected popular music that address issues that challenge the role of United States as a world leader. Students create exhibits that share their visions of American democracy.
New! Music and the American Identity/American Culture
Does music unite or divide Americans? How does music reflect and influence American culture? After journaling an initial response to these central questions, groups examine primary source documents, listen and respond to a wide range of music, and the whole class engages in a “Public Issues Discussion” or SAC. The exercise concludes with individuals crafting an essay in which they argue that music has united or divided American culture.