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Readers of all ages can work together in groups to create original poetry on the theme of "Imagine," inspired by John Lennon's classic song. They also create a mural to illustrate their poetry. A beautiful lesson, inspired by a beautiful song.
Students discuss how Run-D.M.C. brought Hip Hop into mainstream popularity. They discuss why melding two styles of music is popular and what the results have been through history. They take two songs and combine elements to make a new song of their own.
In this lesson students will learn about finding the blues in a variety of musical styles. They will investigate instances of the blues form heard in mainstream pop music, along with exploring the musical styles of two new artists who are helping to keep
B.B. King and Muddy Waters are two of the most famous blues performers of all time. In this music lesson, middle schoolers study the early careers and lasting musical contributions of both artists, each of whom carried the blues on to new generations.
Students write a line by line analysis of a song which they feel expresses a powerful message that can change society for the better. They then present their analysis to the class in an oral report.
Students listen to the song "Scarecrow" by Melissa Etheridge and draw what they think the song is about. They discover the song is about a man who was attacked. They again express their feelings about the song through drawing. Finally they find out that the man in the story was attacked becasue he was gay. Then they write an essay which examines their own personal views on tolerance and hate crimes.
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 analyze the movement of the blues from rural Mississippi to urban Chicago and how place and the environment affected the development of the blues. They define the blues, where it originated and how and why it moved to Chicago. Students identify geographical differecnes between the Mississippi Delta and Chicago using maps and photos
Young scholars 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.
Students 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.
Students 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 plan, 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.
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.