lesson:

The Many Roles of a Music Producer

Grades: High
Subjects: CTE, General Music
Activities: Think-Pair-Share, Visual Analysis

What does a music producer do and in what ways does one hear the sound of a producer’s work in recordings?

lesson:

The Rise of the Electric Guitar

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Four Corners, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis, Visual Design

What factors led to the rise of the electric guitar as the dominant symbol of Rock and Roll?

lesson:

Learning Rhythm through Gospel

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Performance

How can Gospel music help students identify the musical concepts of beat, meter, backbeat, subdivision, and syncopation?

lesson:

The Evolution of Sound Recording

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
Activities: Interactive Tech Tools, Visual Analysis

How did multitrack recording technologies enable musicians to create a form of music that could only be realized in the studio?

lesson:

The Guitar: A Musical Transducer

Grades: Elementary, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
Activities: Design and Build, Performance

How can the guitar help us understand the scientific principle of transduction?

lesson:

The Blues and the Great Migration

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History, STEAM
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Document-Based Questions, Maps, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the Great Migration spread Southern culture, helping to give the Blues a central place in American popular music?

lesson:

The Impact of the Electric Guitar

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
Activities: Gallery Walk, Interactive Tech Tools, Visual Analysis

How did the electrification, amplification and design of the guitar facilitate its emergence as a dominant instrument of popular music?

lesson:

Sampling: The Foundation of Hip Hop

Grades: High
Subjects: CTE, General Music
Activities: Maps, Musical Analysis, Visual Analysis

How is the re-use and re-purposing of existing music at the heart of the Hip Hop recording experience?

lesson:

The Beatles Work Towards Success

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History, STEAM
Activities: Equations and Calculations, Maps, Textual Analysis, Timeline, Visual Analysis

How did The Beatles' rigorous work schedule during the years 1960-63 build their strengths as performers, as musicians, and as a band?

lesson:

Loudspeakers, PA Systems, and the “Wall of Sound”

Grades: Elementary, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Design and Build, Station Activities

What is a PA system, how does it work, and how were the Grateful Dead pioneers in live sound technology?

lesson:

Latin Music in Postwar New York City

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Maps, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the growth of New York City’s Latino population in the 1940s and 50s help to increase the popularity of Latin music and dance in American culture?

lesson:

The Banjo, Slavery, and the Abolition Debate

Grades: AP/Honors/101
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Document-Based Questions, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What is the relationship between the banjo and slavery, and how did music making by enslaved people influence the abolition debate during the 18th and early 19th century?

lesson:

How Records and Radio Shaped American Culture

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
Activities: Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did changes in the technology of record manufacturing effect popular music, radio, and the people who consumed both?

lesson:

Folk Music, Rock and Roll Attitude

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Timeline, Visual Analysis

How did Bob Dylan’s early experiences with Folk and Rock and Roll music influence his songwriting?

lesson:

Leo Fender: An Inventor Who Transformed Popular Music

Grades: All Ages, Elementary, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Design and Build, Station Activities, Timeline, Visual Design

Who was Leo Fender, what iconic musical instruments did he invent, and how did his inventions transform musical instrument design and popular music?

lesson:

The Emergence of Folk Rock

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis

What is Folk music? To what extent did Folk Rock sustain the spirit of Folk music?

lesson:

The Roots of Country Rock

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis

How did Country Music influence Rock and Roll and the musicians who made it?

lesson:

The Memphis Sound and Racial Integration

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Gallery Walk, Maps, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How has Memphis music culture provided one example of art’s capacity to challenge the racial boundaries that have so often structured American life?

lesson:

Toby Keith & The Chicks: Songs and Words During the War on Terror

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High, Middle
Subjects: Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Interview, Musical Analysis, Personal Reflection, Textual Analysis

What were the different reactions to songs and comments by Country musicians about the September 11th terrorist attacks versus the Iraq War?

lesson:

“Hound Dog” and 1950 Race Relations

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Maps, Musical Analysis

How does the story of “Hound Dog” demonstrate music culture’s racial mixing as it differed from mainstream American life in the 1950s?

lesson:

The Reclamation of the American Cowboy

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Musical Analysis, Station Activities, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How has the image and history of the American cowboy been reclaimed in the 21st Century?

lesson:

DAMN.: The Art and Importance of Storytelling

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Art, ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Gallery Walk, Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How do Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN. and the work of photojournalist Gordon Parks tell stories that bring attention to social issues?

lesson:

Sound Waves, Analog Synthesis and Popular Culture

Grades: All Ages, AP/Honors/101, Elementary, High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
Activities: Interactive Tech Tools, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did synthesizers allow musicians to create new sounds and how did those sounds reflect American culture throughout the 20th century?

lesson:

Gospel Music and the Birth of Soul

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis

How did Gospel influence American popular music?

lesson:

Blues, Poetry, and the Harlem Renaissance

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA
Activities: Gallery Walk, Textual Analysis

How does Langston Hughes’ Blues-inspired poetry exemplify the ideals of the Harlem Renaissance?

lesson:

Introducing New Wave

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis

What did Punk Rock provide that opened the door for New Wave acts? And what are some among the defining attributes of New Wave?

lesson:

The Cassette Tape Offers New Possibilities

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, Social Studies/History, STEAM
Activities: Role Playing, Visual Analysis

How did the cassette tape change the audience’s experience by allowing the listener to record, compile and disseminate music?

lesson:

The Teamwork Behind the Beatles

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music
Activities: Role Playing, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the input of manager Brian Epstein and record producer George Martin help The Beatles develop and refine skills that aided the band in presenting their music and personalities to a mass audience?

lesson:

The History of Music Videos

Grades: High
Subjects: CTE, General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Interactive Tech Tools, Visual Analysis

How has the relation between sound and image shifted through the history of recorded music, and how did the rise of MTV bring that relationship to a culmination of sorts?

lesson:

How to Study Rock and Roll

Grades: All Ages, AP/Honors/101, Elementary, High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Textual Analysis, Timeline, Visual Analysis

How can teachers help students analyze and understand Rock and Roll?

lesson:

Funk Asserts Itself

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did 1970s Funk respond to African-American life in the decade following the Civil Rights movement?

lesson:

Muddy Waters, the New Kid in Town

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: Advisory, Social Studies/History
Activities: Maps, Personal Reflection

How did Muddy Waters’ music change after he moved to Chicago, and what does that say about the relationship between place and self-expression?

lesson:

Deadheads and Reagan’s America in the 1980s

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Maps, Textual Analysis

Who are the Deadheads and how did their lifestyle contrast with the conservative values promoted by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s?

lesson:

Math With The Grateful Dead

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: Math
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Equations and Calculations, Visual Art, Visual Design

How can math be used to better understand the Grateful Dead’s success?

lesson:

Bo Diddley: The Grandfather of Hip Hop?

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis

How were Bo Diddley’s recordings an anomaly in relation to 1950s Pop music, and how is his rhythm-driven sound and self-presentation a precursor to Hip Hop style?

lesson:

Car Culture in Postwar America

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did car culture intersect with and inspire Rock and Roll?

lesson:

Rock and Roll and the American Dream

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What is the American Dream and how did Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash personify its ideals?

lesson:

Punk as Reaction

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Art, Social Studies/History
Activities: Role Playing, Station Activities, Visual Analysis, Visual Design

How was Punk Rock a reaction both to the commercialization of Rock and Roll and to the social climate in late 1970s Britain?

lesson:

Producing the Sounds of a Changing South

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Gallery Walk, Textual Analysis

How did the recordings Sam Phillips produced at Sun Records, including Elvis Presley’s early work, reflect trends of urbanization and integration in the 1950s American South?

lesson:

The Indigenous Roots of Rock and Roll

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Interactive Tech Tools, Role Playing, Station Activities, Textual Analysis

What does Link Wray’s biography say about how Native Americans lived in the first half of the 20th century, and what role did Wray’s upbringing have on his music?

lesson:

World War II and the Shrinking of the Ensemble

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Role Playing, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did wartime restrictions and other factors cause popular music ensembles to shrink in size during the 1940s, helping to set the stage for the small “combos” of Rock and Roll?

lesson:

The Music and Poetry Behind the Red Power Movement

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What was the Red Power movement, and what role did Folk and Country music play within it?

lesson:

The Musical Roots of Doo Wop

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Station Activities

How did Doo Wop develop as a musical genre?

lesson:

The Musical History of the Cajuns

Grades: AP/Honors/101
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Maps, Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis

How did the Acadians, or Cajuns, use music and dance to maintain their communal bonds after being displaced during the French and Indian War?

lesson:

Soul Music and the New Femininity

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Timeline

How did Aretha Franklin represent a new female voice in 1960s popular music?

lesson:

Beat Culture and the Grateful Dead

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: ELA
Activities: Station Activities, Textual Analysis

How did beat writers like Jack Kerouac influence the Grateful Dead’s music?

lesson:

The Latin Rhythms of “Despacito”

Grades: Elementary, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis

What Latin American genres inspired Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s hit song “Despacito”?

lesson:

Making Music Videos with a Homemade Projector

Grades: Elementary, Middle
Subjects: CTE, STEAM
Activities: Design and Build, Station Activities

How can one reproduce the effects seen in the music video for Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey’s song “The Middle” using a homemade projector?

lesson:

The Original “Going Viral”

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Personal Reflection, Visual Analysis

Could a musical group “go viral” before the internet?

lesson:

Debating Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: ELA
Activities: Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis

What are the arguments for and against Bob Dylan receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature?

lesson:

The Historical Roots of Hip Hop

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Maps, Timeline, Visual Analysis

What are the historical roots of Hip Hop?

lesson:

Music and the Berlin Wall during the Cold War

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Gallery Walk, Maps, Personal Reflection, Role Playing, Textual Analysis

What was the Berlin Wall and how did music respond to what it symbolized?

lesson:

Ritchie Valens

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Role Playing

How did Ritchie Valens meld traditional Mexican music and Rock and Roll?

lesson:

The Gospel Origins of “Chain of Fools”

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Maps, Musical Analysis

Essential Question: How did Aretha Franklin’s foundation in Gospel music influence her recording of “Chain of Fools,” helping to establish a Soul sound and bringing black culture into mainstream America?

lesson:

The Birth of the Microphone

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, STEAM
Activities: Interactive Tech Tools, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the development of microphones in the 20th century change the way people make and listen to music?

lesson:

The American Blues in Britain

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

In what ways did American Blues affect English musicians in the early 1960s?

lesson:

Business with the Grateful Dead

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Creative Writing, Role Playing, Station Activities, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the Grateful Dead’s business practices create a dedicated fan culture and ensure the financial success of the group?

lesson:

Math with The Beatles

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: Advisory, STEAM
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Design and Build, Equations and Calculations, Maps, Think-Pair-Share, Timeline, Visual Design

How can the Beatles’ growth in popularity be demonstrated with math?

lesson:

The Rise of Disco

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Role Playing, Station Activities, Visual Analysis, Visual Design

How did Disco relate to the sentiments and social movements of the 1970s?

lesson:

Considering the Future of Rock and Roll

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Role Playing, Textual Analysis

How is Rock and Roll's power, at least in part, a result of its being born on the margins of society?

lesson:

Chuck Berry

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Station Activities, Visual Design

Why is Chuck Berry often considered the most important of the early Rock and Rollers?

lesson:

The Musical Roots of the Surf Sound (Elementary Version)

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: Art, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Station Activities, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis, Visual Art

How does the “Surf Sound” in Rock and Roll reflect early surf culture, and what are the roots of this genre of music?

lesson:

The Roots of Progressive Rock

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did Progressive Rock’s incorporation of classical traditions and countercultural values help to forge a unique Rock genre in the late 1960s?

lesson:

Swing Down: Afrofuturism & Flight in the Black Imagination

Grades: High
Subjects: Art, ELA, General Music
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Maps, Musical Analysis, Playlists and Podcasts, Visual Analysis, Visual Art

What is Afrofuturism and what are some of the cultural traditions and historical events that inspired and reinforced it?

lesson:

The Blues: The Sound of Rural Poverty

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Maps, Station Activities, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis, Visual Design

How do the Country Blues reflect the challenges of sharecropping, racial injustice, and rural poverty in early 20th-century African-American life?

lesson:

Musical Reactions to the Vietnam War

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Gallery Walk, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How were American’s divisive opinions over the Vietnam War articulated by musicians in the 1960s and early 1970s?

lesson:

100 Years of Dance

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Performance, Station Activities

Why might people dance, and how have dance trends changed in America since the 1920s?

lesson:

Designing Album Covers with Color Theory

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Art, CTE, STEAM
Activities: Visual Analysis, Visual Design

What is the science behind color theory, and how is it used in fashion and album cover design?

lesson:

Mining and Union Songs in the Early 20th Century

Grades: AP/Honors/101
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Gallery Walk, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How do Nimrod Workman’s songs and stories about his life as a coal miner illustrate the struggles of working class people during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era?

lesson:

Italian-American Vocalists Before Rock and Roll

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Gallery Walk, Musical Analysis, Station Activities, Visual Analysis

How did the careers of Italian American vocalists in the first half of the 20th century reflect the experiences of Italian American immigrants and attitudes toward them in the wider American culture?

lesson:

Indigenous Music from Wounded Knee to the Billboard Charts

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

In what ways did the music of Native Americans mark them as outsiders from the developing narratives of “American-ness” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and how did the federal government attempt to use music as a tool to force assimilation?

lesson:

Kanye and Katrina: Environmental Racism in New Orleans

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Interview, Maps

What was Hurricane Katrina, and how did Black Americans articulate the frustrations they felt in its aftermath?

lesson:

Female Singer-Songwriters in the Early 1970s

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Station Activities, Textual Analysis

What did the success of the female Singer-Songwriters of the early 1970s reveal about the changing roles of women in the United States?

lesson:

Debating Cultural Appropriation

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Station Activities, Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What is cultural appropriation, how does it affect Native American communities, and should it be regulated by law?

lesson:

Radio Before Rock and Roll

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Interview, Station Activities, Textual Analysis

How did radio influence American life in the years before the birth of Rock and Roll?

lesson:

The Roots of Heavy Metal

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Role Playing, Station Activities, Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share

What are the musical and cultural roots of Heavy Metal?

lesson:

Mainstream Metal, Parental Advisories, and Censorship

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Role Playing, Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share

How was Heavy Metal involved in the 1980s controversy surrounding the creation of parental advisories for “offensive” music?

lesson:

The Birth of the Electric Guitar

Grades: All Ages, AP/Honors/101, Elementary, High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, Social Studies/History, STEAM
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share

How did the electric guitar transform Blues music from the 1940s forward?

lesson:

Ritchie Valens (Elementary School Version)

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Personal Reflection, Textual Analysis

How did Ritchie Valens meld traditional Mexican music and Rock and Roll?

lesson:

Debating the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis

What was NASA’s Apollo program and why was it controversial?

lesson:

The Rise of the “Girl Groups”

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share, Visual Analysis

Were the Girl Groups of the early 1960s voices of female empowerment or reflections of traditional female roles?

lesson:

Dancing the Twist on Television

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Role Playing, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did teen dance shows and the Twist influence American culture?

lesson:

Supporting Sobriety in a Musical Community

Grades: High
Subjects: Advisory, CTE, Social Emotional Learning
Activities: Creative Writing, Personal Reflection, Textual Analysis, Visual Design

Who are the Wharf Rats, and how do they exemplify the practices of sobriety, peer support, and community building within a musical fan culture?

lesson:

The Influence of Rhythm and Blues

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis

What did R&B bring to early Rock and Roll, and how was early Rock and Roll different?

lesson:

Drawing to Music

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Art
Activities: Visual Analysis, Visual Design

How might visual artists use music as a tool for inspiration, and how might sound be reflected through art?

lesson:

The New York City Underground

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Art, General Music
Activities: Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis, Visual Design

How did New York bands interact with the city's art scene to create something new?

lesson:

Dion and the Teen Idols

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Role Playing, Visual Analysis

What role did the so-called "teen idols" of the late 1950s play in bringing Rock and Roll into mainstream American culture?

lesson:

Seventies Soul: The Soundtrack of Turbulent Times

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Gallery Walk, Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share

How did changes in the Soul music of the early 1970s reflect broader shifts in American society during that time?

lesson:

The Ethics of Sampling

Grades: High
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Interactive Tech Tools, Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What makes a work of art “original,” and how does the use of “sampling” technology in Hip Hop challenge perceptions of “originality”?

lesson:

Hometown Documentaries

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High, Middle
Subjects: CTE, General Music, Social Studies/History, STEAM
Activities: Film and Sound Editing, Filming, Interview, Visual Design

How can music help tell the story of your hometown?

lesson:

Almost Emancipated: Reconstruction

Grades: AP/Honors/101
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Textual Analysis

What is the significance of Reconstruction and what does it reveal about the freedom that the post-Civil War constitutional amendments secured for African Americans?

lesson:

Dan Penn

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis

How did black artists and white songwriters and musicians interact in the Soul era, and what contributed to that interaction?

lesson:

Introducing Glam Rock

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share

How was Glam Rock a reaction to the "seriousness" of popular music at the time?

lesson:

The Beatles and Teen Culture

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the Beatles’ image as a “rock band” affect young people in America?

lesson:

Designing a Band Logo

Grades: Elementary, High, Middle
Subjects: Art, CTE
Activities: Gallery Walk, Visual Analysis, Visual Design

What is a logo, what are the elements of effective logo design, and how have musicians and bands used logos to brand themselves?

lesson:

“Twist and Shout” and Post-War Britain

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Role Playing, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What role did cover songs like “Twist and Shout” play early in the Beatles's career, and how did their experiences growing up in post-WWII Liverpool and performing in Hamburg nightclubs help them to develop as a professional musical ensemble?

lesson:

The Who’s Generation

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Role Playing, Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share, Visual Analysis

How did the Who represent “My Generation” in mid-1960s England?

lesson:

Dylan as Poet

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA
Activities: Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share

How did Bob Dylan merge poetry with popular music?

lesson:

Assembling Hits at Motown

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Role Playing, Station Activities

How did Motown Records in Detroit operate during the 1960s?

lesson:

Beatlemania

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Four Corners, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What were the factors that contributed to the rise of Beatlemania?

lesson:

Rock and Roll Goes to the Movies

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Station Activities, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did movies help to introduce Rock and Roll culture to mainstream audiences in the 1950s?

lesson:

Jimi Hendrix: Introducing Hard Rock

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music
Activities: Role Playing, Textual Analysis

In what ways did Jimi Hendrix help create a new "Hard Rock" sound while retaining a connection to the Blues and R&B of his past?

lesson:

Glam: The Return of the Teenager

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Timeline, Visual Analysis

How was Glam Rock part of a new teenage culture in the 1970s?

lesson:

The Birth of Hippie Culture in the 1960s

Grades: Elementary
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Personal Reflection, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the Grateful Dead reflect new ideas about life and society in the 1960’s?

lesson:

Liverpool: The Birthplace of the Beatles

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Maps, Station Activities, Textual Analysis

How did growing up in post-WWII Liverpool influence the Beatles?

lesson:

The Emergence of Grunge

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Think-Pair-Share

What was Grunge and where did it come from?

lesson:

Birth of the American Teenager

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did teenagers become a distinct demographic group in the 1950s?

lesson:

The Musical Roots of the Surf Sound

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Role Playing, Station Activities, Visual Analysis

What is the Surf sound and where did it come from?

lesson:

The Sound of the Suburbs

Grades: High
Subjects: Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

How did the music of the Beach Boys reflect the suburbanization of postwar America?

lesson:

Fear of the American Teenager

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Charts and Graphs, Role Playing, Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis, Visual Analysis

What made the teenager a source of anxiety during the 1950s?

lesson:

“Blowin’ in the Wind” as a Rallying Cry

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music
Activities: Musical Analysis, Textual Analysis, Timeline

How does the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” use poetic devices to communicate an open-ended yet powerful message about the human condition, without ever losing its historical specificity?

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“Praying” and the #MeToo Movement

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: General Music, Social Studies/History
Activities: Think-Pair-Share, Timeline

In what ways might Kesha’s legal battle and her song “Praying” reflect larger issues present in the #MeToo movement?

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Counterculture in the 1960s

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
Activities: Document-Based Questions, Structured Academic Controversy, Textual Analysis

How did the counterculture movement of the late 1960s challenge traditional American behaviors and values, and how did the Grateful Dead reflect these changing views of life and society?