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Students explore basic human rights as they explore music by black artists. In this human rights lesson, students examine music as a cultural reflection of the justice issues. Students analyze Jamaican roots reggae of the 70s, American freedom music of the Civil Rights Movement in the 60s, and Nigerian pop music style of the 90s and discuss the common themes that apply to human rights struggles.
Young scholars investigate call and response singing. In this fine arts and U.S. history lesson, students listen to several call and response songs that were sung by African-American slaves during the period before the Civil War. Young scholars brainstorm possible reasons that call and response music was appropriate for slaves working in the fields. Students complete a related worksheet.
Students explore the culture of the United States in the 1950's. In this history lesson, students research culture in the 1950's, with a focus on fashion, music, television, automobiles, etc., then work in groups to create a presentation to share their findings with the class.
This worksheet provides practice for English learners on writing in the past simple tense. It includes caricatures of 10 famous people and requires matching them to brief descriptive statements that need to be changed to the past simple tense. An answer key is provided, and the assignment is available in both black and white, and color. Note that the famous people may not be familiar to some English learners.
Upper graders explore pop culture and pop music as a forum for female role models. They explore women who have currently contributed to our pop world and why they could be considered role models. They each interview a woman in their lives, asking questions about their female role model. Responses are then shared with the class.
Students study myths and create an original myth about a modern world object. In this myths lesson, students review myths and then create an original myth about a modern world occurrence. Students create PowerPoint presentations for the myths and them make them into a script for a stage performance.
Students examine U.S. foreign affairs with the Middle East during the Reagan and Bush presidencies. In this Middle East lesson, students watch video segments, examine maps, and listen to music regarding the relationship between the U.S. and Middle Eastern nations in the 1980s and 1990s.
Twelfth graders read lyrics for "My Hometown" and complete a worksheet to identify setting and tone in the song. For this Romanticism lesson, 12th graders read Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by Wordsworth and discuss the tone, metaphors, and setting in the poem. Students write their own description of a meaningful place and time that connects with nature, a person, or event.
High schoolers explore the Vietnam War in music. For this Vietnam lesson, students listen to and analyze popular music from the Vietnam era in order to understand the use of propaganda regarding the controversial war. High schoolers develop questions for interviews with grown-ups who remember the war.
Students examine struggles for freedom. In this Underground Railroad instructional activity, students listen to "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Freedom" to lead them into a discussion regarding freedoms . Students watch the video "The Freedom Station" as well and discuss the location of Underground Railroad routes.