Patriotism and Protest
Students complete a unit on patriotism and protest in time of war. They analyze songs from the American Revolution, WWI, and the Vietnam War, complete a graphic organizer, and answer discussion questions about each of the songs.
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New Review Born in the U.S.A: Music as Political Protest
Though often used in shows of patriotism, Bruce Springsteen's 1985 song "Born in the U.S.A." is critical of America's role in the Vietnam war and its treatment of American veterans. High schoolers analyze the song's lyrics in an activity...
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
America Established Because of Protest
Students explore events and causes that led to American Revolution and examine popular pro-Patriot renderings and texts of these issues created both at that time and in later years. Students then prepare and deliver oral presentations...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Role of Dissent in a Democracy: Lessons from Kent State University
Young historians analyze the 1970 Kent State shootings to discuss the role dissent plays in a democracy. After viewing a detailed PowerPoint presentation, learners express their desire for change via a medium of their choice.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
American Colonists Protest Song
Learners explore the role of protest songs. In this early American history lesson, students research the acts passed by the British that angered colonists. Learners then listen to protest songs from contemporary American history prior to...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Causes of the American Revolution
Beginning with the experience of hearing that lockers in school will be taxed, through analysis of political cartoons and informational text, and culminating in a debate between loyalists and patriots, your class members will engage in a...
10th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The United States Flag as a Symbol
Though September 11 was the most devastating attack on American soil, it was not the first. Middle schoolers discuss the symbolism of the American flag pulled from the debris at the World Trade Center, and how the flag connects to that...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Music: A Vehicle for Wartime Protest
Music tells fascinating stories when it comes to wartime protest. Researchers analyze some familiar tunes to determine what they reveal about the political and social climate of Vietnam War-era America. They also discuss ways music...
8th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts
The Patriot Act: Liberty or Security, or Both?
Tenth graders research the U.S.A. Patriot Act and the debates surrounding it. They engage in a debate on the issues and a vote on its future. They note the arguments for and against the Act in all their readings, and decide whether any...
10th Social Studies & History
Rockin’ the World: Rock and Roll and Social Protest in 20th Century America
Young scholars explore protest songs. In this interdisciplinary instructional activity, students examine issues-based music by summarizing lyrics and revealing inferences, generalizations, conclusions, and points of view found in the songs.
7th - 12th English Language Arts