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1950's Rock and Roll

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students complete an Individual Artist Information Sheet on famous 1950's Rock and Roll musician. They read one of the chapeters on "Elvis Pressley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Rockabilly, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, or...
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The Blues: The Father of Rock And Roll

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine influence The Blues had on Rock and Roll and the concomitant social, political, and economic factors and movements during the post-World War II period. Students then research and create multimedia reports on...
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ABC Rock and Roll (Spanish ABC)

For Students K - 8th
What better way to learn the Spanish alphabet than at a rockin' rock-and-roll concert? A fun, illustrated video educates new Spanish speakers about the letters of the alphabet with a catchy way to remember them all.
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What Shot Rock and Roll: 1955-the Present

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore exhibit information and create a poem. In this rock and roll poetry lesson, 5th graders use information about an exhibit and follow each line instruction to create a diamond poem. Students choose pictures to make...
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VH1 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll Lesson 5

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze female artists who work in the genres of rock and roll, and alternative rock music. They complete an information sheet on biographical information.
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The History of Rock and Roll: Parts 1, 6, 8, and 10 Roots of Rock & Roll

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine the musical influences on the emergence of Rock and Roll.
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Rock & Roll through Literary Terms: An Upbeat Lyrical Adventure

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners participate in a variety of activities surrounding Rock & Roll music, lyrics, drama and visual art and how they all help demonstrate examples of literary terms. They use Rock & Roll as an effective aid to stimulate their...
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Elvis Presley- Mini Biography

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Sexuality and abandon, hallmarks of the King of Rock and Roll. This short overview of events in the life of Elvis Presley is sure to engage viewers.
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The History of Rock and Roll: Part 10 - Up From the Underground - Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discuss the societal roots of music from times of slavery and black spirituals, and compare it to the emergence of Rap and Hip Hop music.
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Rock 'n Roll

For Students 6th - 8th
In this music learning exercise, learners find the words that are used to name bands and the answers are found by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.
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School of Rock the Musical: Education Guide

For Parents 6th - 12th Standards
That old fashioned rock and roll comes alive as theatre arts students prepare to attend a live performance of the musical School of Rock. Packed with both pre- and post-production materials, the guide has it all. Rock on!
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Rock 'N Roll Mount Rushmore

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Young scholars, in groups, gather information about the sculptor Gutzon Borglum and the four presidents he carved in the South Dakota mountain, Mt. Rushmore. Groups create a Rock 'n' Roll President brochure.
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The History of Rock and Roll: Part 8 - The 70's Have a Nice Day - Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students identify the characteristics and elements of large scale rock productions. They examine the similarities between the American Vaudeville shows and the large-scale rock theater productions of the 1970's.
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The History of Rock and Roll: Part 8 - The 70's - Have a Nice Day - Lesson 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discuss the technological advancements in music that emerged during the 1970's and how they were used. They see how technology in music influenced the artists and their music.
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The History of Rock and Roll: Part 10 - Up From the Underground - Lesson 1

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students discuss the effect music videos have had on the role of the music. They examine how developments in technology have effected the music industry.
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The History of Rock and Roll: Part 6 - My Generation - Lesson 2

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students identify musical characteristics of baroque, jazz, and psychedelic music. They arrange traditional music into the style of baroque, jazz, and psychedelic music.
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100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll - Lesson 4

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze the genres of folk and country music and the importance of the singer/songwriter. They compose their own lyrics based on an inspiring event.
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Rock Music

For Teachers 8th
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...
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John Lennon- Mini Biography

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Whether you're studying the history of rock and roll, the Vietnam War, or the volatile period of the 1960s in United States history, this video on the career of John Lennon is a perfect addition to your curriculum.
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A Modest Proposal: Irony Made Understandable with Rock and Roll

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Changes of Musical Elements in Popular Music Through the Decades

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students probe samples of European classical, American jazz, and rock and roll to analyze the similarities and differences. The styles and form of these three types of music are examined for tempo, timbre, and rhythm.
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Rock and Roll Play

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Students practice using their motor skills with music. They are divided into two teams and rock and roll depending on the music. They may practice other motor skills in this lesson as well.
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iRock

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore, listen to and analyze songs that helped define rock and roll music. They read and discuss the article, "They're All Oldies, Dad Included." Research on contemporary artists is conducted and then the students choose who...
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Know Thyself: Reflections of the Adolescent Identity Crisis in Rock and Roll

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders define themselves through music. In this psychology lesson, 12th graders identify James Marcia's 4 states of identity and identify songs that reflect each of the states.

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