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Eleventh graders examine political, cultural, and social movements through music. In this 1960s American history lesson, 11th graders explore the music of the decade in order to better understand the complexity of the time period. Students analyze the lyrics of several sub-genres of rock music in order to identify literary devices, allusions, and themes.
Students explore historical youth culture events. In this youth culture lesson plan, students discover details regarding the Altamont, Woodstock, and Monterey concerts. Students conduct research that regarding the rock festivals and analyze audience reactions as they watch video segments. Students write persuasive essays regarding youth culture.
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.
Students identify and interpret what legendary traditional musicians of Louisiana that allows them to hear new genres of traditional music. They also identify what it means to be a legendary artist and read, write, and create a project about these extraordinary figures.
Learners consider popular trends, such as rock fashion. They create designs for t-shirts that represent current pop culture and write pitch letters selling their ideas to the clothing industry in the year 2030.
High schoolers paint a mural that represents the psychedelic era and uses styles of pop artists. Also, students identify characteristics of pop art, imagery of the psychedelic era, and reproduce or create an appropriate lettering style for the psychedelic era.
Students discover how blues music has inspired many writers and artists such as the poet, Langston Hughes. They write an essay comparing a blues song and a poem, and exploring the literary elements in both.
Students explore the connections between Langson Hughes and blues music. In this African American culture lesson, students compare and contrast blues music with poetry and short stories by Langston Hughes.
Students research a particular time period for popular music and film titles and determine why these titles are popular. They compile a portfolio of song titles, lyrics which accurately represent the costume history of a particular time period.
Students study the ripple effect of the baby boom generation on history and on their lives today. They discover how the rules and conformity of the 1950's set the stage for the rebellious, anti-establishment sixties. They study the textbook on the 1950-1960 and place important events on time-line.
Your scholars may have an idea of who Dick Clark is, but do they understand the role he has played in American history for over 50 years? Give learners some practice with media literacy as they read an article about Clark's life and fill in blanks for a cloze activity. The activity seems more appropriate for a differentiated approach, as it copies an excerpt of the article verbatim and leaves spaces where readers fill in 19 select words. The article includes images and is idea for marking the text and vocabulary in context.
Students, by listening to and analyzing the lyrics of selected examples of popular music from the era, develop a greater understanding of the historical and political forces as well as the emotional climate of the decade.
Students discuss how the festivals like Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and Altamont reflect their respective time periods and locations, then compare and contrast recent festivals to those of the 1960's.
Students write a business letter, use details to support an opinion, and demonstrate public speaking skills. They clarify their own values regarding music and performers.
For this famous people worksheet, students read a selection about the life of John Lennon, then complete a variety of comprehension activities including synonym matches, fill-in-the-blank sentence completions, unscrambling words and spelling and writing activities. An answer key is included.
Students explore the ways in which words, music and visual images interact to create meaning. They analyze the song/video as a work of art (literary, musical, visual) as well as examine its larger cultural/historical context.
Learners probe samples of European classical, American jazz, and rock and roll to analyze the similarities and differences. The styles and form of these three types of music are examined for tempo, timbre, and rhythm.
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.
Students gain a basic understanding of Capitalism and Communism, the ideologies that fueled the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Students examine the music of the Renaissance minstrels. They become aware of the many levels of interpretation inherent in textual art forms. They begin to explore how to draw meaning from lyrics applied to their own life experiences.