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Students analyze various kinds of music.  In this music lesson, students listen to music clips to determine the kind of music each clip is then they participate in a class discussion about the music and prepare a presentation.
In this Beyonce learning exercise, students read a song that Beyonce wrote and then complete activities relating to it such as unscrambling words, short answer questions, a crossword, a word search, and more. Students complete 10 activities.
Students evaluate selected songs as effective tools for social protest and as an historical documents and describe the role music played in the civil rights movement of the 1960s;
How do a person's musical preferences influence the way they compose music of their own? Learners analyze the sound and lyrics of Alicia Keys in relation to musicians that came before. Jazz, blues, and soul music from the past are shown to shine through music of the present. This includes a music-listening worksheet, extensions, and resource links. 
Students discuss style and characteristics of musical time periods as well as the definition of "pop culture." They compare and contrast modern-day popular icons to music icons throughout history.  This lesson requires a video, which is not included.
Students investigate the relationship between music and culture, and how music conveys thoughts and emotions. They write their own song.
Students analyze the genres of folk and country music and the importance of the singer/songwriter. They compose their own lyrics based on an inspiring event.
Students describe some of the distinguishing characteristics of rock, folk, blues, and country music. They identify two main musical roots of today's American popular music.
Young scholars use the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to examine Folk music.
Students explore the Wessels Living History Farm website and research how to do a square dance. They read a story, listen to an explanation of barn dances, and participate in various square dances.
Young scholars examine the importance of listening when conducting an interview. They develop a KWL chart about listening skills, listen to an interview and circle inconsistencies in the written account of the interview, and conduct a personal interview.
In this biographical reading / writing worksheet about the singer Aaliyah, students first read a one page biographical essay. Students then compose 11 short answer responses to the following questions.
Explore the characteristics of four very different musical styles. Your class will consider the rhythm, pitch, voice, and timber of each style. They'll practice reading musical notation, identifying elements of music theory, while researching Musicals, Kwaito, Soukous, and folk music. 
Only boys like Rock n' Roll. That's not so! Eighth graders consider the origin of rock music as well as some associated stereotypes. They discuss who listens to rock music, when it originated, and then they analyze some current pop lyrics. Great teaching notes are included.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read passages about Michael Jackson and answer questions written in complete sentences. Students write 5 answers.
Students investigate call and response singing.  In this fine arts and U.S. history lesson, students listen to several call and response songs that were sung by African-American slaves during the period before the Civil War.  Students brainstorm possible reasons that call and response music was appropriate for slaves working in the fields. Students complete a related worksheet.
Students explore the impact of the Great Depression. In this historical perspectives instructional activity, students access historical photographs and artwork from the era. Students then write songs that exemplify the American response during the time period.
Poetry analysis lessons can allow students to explore the mechanics of poetry, and the emotions evoked.
Young scholars practice listening and speaking around the theme of gossip.
Students identify at least two themes in, People Everyday by Arrested Development. They identify five terms/expressions in the song with which they are unfamiliar and brainstorm on possible meanings from context.

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