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Students discuss music of other eras students discuss the influence of elements such as politics, social events, etc. on music of the time. They examine the cause and effect of musical diversity after watching a video segment: "Behind the Music."
Students explore protest songs. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students examine issues-based music by summarizing lyrics and revealing inferences, generalizations, conclusions, and points of view found in the songs.
Students identify different genres of music popular in the 1980s. They study musicians of the 1980s examples of the songs that they made popular. They utilize a worksheet imbedded in this plan to categorize the music.
Students examine the history of blues music and discover how it relates to the music of today. As a class, they listen to the drum songs of Africa and compare it to the use of drums in pop music today. Using the internet, they research the history of the blues and its early artists. To end the lesson, they write in their journals to reflect on the music.
Learners explore syncopation and rhythm. In this music patterns lesson, students compare the syncopation of the rhythms of classical and rap 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.
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.
Students, in groups, listen carefully to the song(s) and to complete worksheet.
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.
Students recognize and clap the syncopated rhythmic beat of a rap song and identify recurring rhythmic pattern in the excerpt of "Dance of the Adolescents" from Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
In this grammar instructional activity, 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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
Students examine the influence of music and film on contemporary fashion. In this popular culture instructional activity, 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.
Students explore the U.S. Constitution through music. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students discuss a hypothetical case regarding lyrics by Madonna and the historical Massachusetts Blue Laws. Students use the Bill of Rights to support an appeal of the court decision.
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.
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.
Pupils 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.
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.