Groovin’ Through the Decades 1850’s-1940’s

This Groovin’ Through the Decades 1850’s-1940’s lesson plan also includes:

"Follow the Drinking Gourd," "Clementine," "Over There," "Dust Bowl Blues." The Underground Railroad, the California Gold Rush, World War I, the Great Depression. Groups examine the lyrics of these and other songs to find reflections of the decades in which they were written. Following a fishbowl discussion, individuals craft an essay identifying the song they feel best represents a decade.

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CCSS: Designed

Engaging if used as a culminating activity at the end of a unit study of the decades from 1850 to 1940.


The premise is an interesting one, but much more background information and scaffolding would need to be provided for learners to make connections and provide adequate support for the assumptions they are asked to make.

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