Rock and Roll Teacher Resources
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In 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.
Students explore popular music in its historical context. In this music lesson, students examine the lyrics, musicical arrangement, and video imagery of selected songs to interpret the messages and themes of the songs.
Young scholars gain a basic understanding of Capitalism and Communism, the ideologies that fueled the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Pupils 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.
High schoolers explore "Stairway to Heaven". In this music history instructional activity, students examine the music and lyrics of the Led Zeppelin song. High schoolers compare the song to Renaissance madrigal music.
Students discover thematic connections between classical literary and popular song lyrics. Next, students identify poetic devices of sound and sense and relate them to the meaning of the lyrics.
Students investigate the importance of having a healthy body by performing gymnastics. For 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.
Learners examine lyrical content and social commentary of several songs recorded in the 1980s touching on the subject of Russia and/or the Cold War. They discuss music as a reflection of social attitude and consider if effects on the public.
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.
Young scholars engage in a hypothetical case in which popular music/artist is used to explore the United States Bill of Rights. They experience different learning styles, higher order thinking skills, and cooperative learning during this lesson.
Learners explore the U.S. Constitution through music. In this Bill of Rights activity, students discuss a hypothetical case regarding lyrics by Madonna and the historical Massachusetts Blue Laws. Learners use the Bill of Rights to support an appeal of the court decision.
In this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Gilberto Gil and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
Students examine the changing American landscape. In this cause and effect instructional activity, students listen to rock music that exemplifies urban growth in America and the interconnectedness of America today. Students write cause and effect essays on the topics and music explored.
Learners investigate a variety of sites to gather relevant information for a presentation about African American musical forms in this general Music lesson for middle school and high school. Resource links are provided to aid instruction.
Students examine how pop art compliments music. In this arts instructional activity, students explore the elements of pop art and replicate those elements in their own piece of art.
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 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.
High schoolers 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.
Students define the Faust theme and explain its long history as a means of understanding humanity's place in the universe and the struggle between good and evil.