Overview

This collection presents popular music as an entry point for developing student skills in textual analysis, reading comprehension, persuasive writing, and other ELA skills. Covering a wide range of genres, these lessons ask students to conduct poetic analysis of Bob Dylan lyricswrite press releases on controversial issues in Hip-Hop, and conduct in-class debates on musical censorship in Heavy Metal.  The collection includes lessons built upon structured academic controversies surrounding female empowerment,  cultural appropriation, and Bob Dylan receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature

Lessons

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Dylan as Poet

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA
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Mainstream Metal, Parental Advisories, and Censorship

Grades: High, Middle
Subjects: ELA, General Music, Social Studies/History
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The Rise of the “Girl Groups”

Grades: High
Subjects: ELA, Social Studies/History
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Debating Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: ELA
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Debating Cultural Appropriation

Grades: AP/Honors/101, High
Subjects: Social Studies/History