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- Lewisville, TX
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"People Everyday" offers class members an opportunity to develop their literacy analysis skills and to develop media literacy. Guided by an included list of discussion questions, groups examaine the word choice, literary devices used, and consider the themes developed. They then contrast the first track of the song with a second included on the 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Day in the Life of . . . album. Following this pattern, the groups select and analyze a song of their choice. As an extension activity, the class contrasts Arrested Development's 1990's song with Sly and the Family Stone's 1960's "Everyday People." Because of language, be sure and preview the lyrics before deciding whether the resource is appropriate for your class.
Students investigate the importance of having a healthy body by performing gymnastics. In this physical education lesson, students utilize their flexibility and body strength to perform intense physical gymnastic maneuvers with the help of their instructor. Students are graded upon a list of movements the teacher asks them to perform.
Tenth graders explore the origins of the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, 10th graders analyze selected songs and identify what historical events they reference. Students create a musical collage or timeline for the period since the collapse of the Soviety Union (1990) to today.
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.
Students research Hank Williams and explore his life and career. In this Hank Williams lesson, students complete Internet research, listen to example songs, and watch a movie all to analyze Hank Williams. The ultimate goal is to decide how well a person can know an artist through his or her lyrics.
Students explore the implications of the draft during the Vietnam War. In this Vietnam lesson plan, students analyze the lyrics of songs that explore differents opinions of the Vietnam draft. Students particpate in a role-play activity that requires them to consider the amnesty of the men who fled to Canada to dodge the draft and then write culminating essays.
In this famous people worksheet, learners 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.
High schoolers examine the changing American landscape. In this cause and effect lesson, students listen to rock music that exemplifies urban growth in America and the interconnectedness of America today. High schoolers write cause and effect essays on the topics and music explored.
Pupils analyze and discuss different types of hate crimes. They listen to and discuss the background behind the song, "Scarecrow" by Melissa Etheridge. They research a hate crime and imagine how the victims must have felt. Finally they create a dance to express those feelings, opinions, and ideas.
Learners 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.