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Young scholars listen to popular music of the 50's and 60's to make literature connections to The Outsiders. In this popular culture lesson, students evaluate and analyze various songs and connect them with the themes in the literature related to social ostracism, forbidden love, and friendship. Young scholars then select a modern song that embodies one of these themes and write up an analysis of the lyrics.
Who doesn't love music? Poems and songs will engage your high school class in a discussion about irony. Use songs like "Rockin' in the Free World" or "Born in the U.S.A." to illustrate the ironic point of view. Print the lyrics so learners can see the written words. This lesson spans 8-10 days, and your learners will be sure to remember it for years to come.
How did technology influence rock music? A thorough presentation outlines the history of rock, beginning with the technological advances that made it possible. It discusses Country, Blues, Hillbilly, and Early Rock music in terms of how one influenced the other, social impact, and progression.
Learn about each of the major players that contributed to each genre of modern/contemporary music. This slideshow covers the last 100 years in American music, from Gershwin to Michael Jackson, Folk to Reggae. Tip: It would be great to incorporate a few music clips so that children who haven't been exposed to these genres can understand the musical progression better.
Students study how and why Rock and Roll music became (and still is) popular. They apply information learned about early rock and roll innovators and apply it to current trends in music such as hip hop or rap. Students discuss changes rock and roll has undergone and predict the future of this music style.
Young scholars explore the impact of television and rock and roll on promoting racial equality. They analyze the impact of American Bandstand on the performers who appeared on the show and they investigate the influence of music on social and political thought while designing a unique compilation of rock and roll songs.