Bob Dylan and Protest Songs of the 1960s

Once again, times are a-changing. It's been 50 years since the social movements, strikes, and sit-ins propelled in part by the protest music of the 1960s. To gain a deeper understanding of the period, class members view a Crash Course video that summarizes the key events of the time and analyze several popular protest songs of the period.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups select one of Dylan's songs and research the context and the references
  • Ask other groups to research Suze Rotolo and Joan Baez's influence on Dylan and his music
Classroom Considerations

  • Presumes learners have previously studied the social movements and anti-war protests of the 1960s
  • Viewers should be familiar with the Crash Course protocols
  • Requires considerable prep time to gather, tag, and copy requires materials
Pros

  • Although over 15 minutes long, the Crash Course video provides the necessary background and sets the stage for Dylan and protests songs
Cons

  • None