Off the Record

Music reflects culture and culture is reflected in popular music. Reading an article on how hip-hop has affected the lives of two young men of different races launches an investigation of the development and influences of various musical genres popular in the United States. Groups examine the roots of a genre, major artists, early perceptions, and ways the genre influenced society.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Host the fair as a school-wide event, much like a Science Fair, and invite families and other members of the community to attend
Classroom Considerations

  • A protocol must in place for a mature, respectful discussion of race and derogatory language
Pros

  • To conclude the lesson, groups design a booth for a music fair where they play music and display books, posters, and other artifacts representative of their genre
Cons

  • None