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Reflection: The Message behind the Music
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Music lyrics offer messages. Some lyrics offer positive messages, some negative, some reflective, some explosive. Class members investigate the powerful messages in the lyrics of popular rap songs by first reading one student's essay on...
"Fear the Boom and Bust" a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem
8 mins 11th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Opt out of another dry economics lesson with this crazy video featuring a performance and rap song about the contributions and theories of economists Friedrich Hayek and John Maynard Keynes. The primary topic of focus is a boom and bust...
What Are the Origins and Influences of Rap Music?
10th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Engage your pupils in a high-interest topic while asking them to look closely into each source with document-based questions and a final essay. Learners explore the emergence of rap music through videos and reading selections. All of the...
Operation to Exploration: Order of Operations
4th - 6th CCSS: Designed
Your mathematicians practice order of operations. When they solve a problem, the answer tells them how many steps to take. You indicate which compass direction to go and they pace their way to find hidden historic artifacts. It's a...
Classical Music Connection-Popular Music - Connecting Pachelbel, Beethoven, and Mussorgsky to Disco and Rap
5th - 9th
Students examine classical music and the "Art Rock" of 1967. They review classical themes in their original genre and discuss/analyze how pop musicians incorporate theses themes into a variety of pop music genres.
Music And Violence: What Message is Music Promoting To Our Youth
9th - 12th
Students analyze several pieces of music and videos to examine how popular musicians and their music affect us as individuals and as a society. The perception of society's ideals, hypocrisy in government, and injustice are explored.
Music and the American Identity/American Culture
10th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Does music unite or divide Americans? How does music reflect and influence American culture? After journaling an initial response to these central questions, groups examine primary source documents, listen and respond to a wide range of...
From Aaliyah to Jay-Z: Captured Moments in Hip-hop History
6 mins 4th - 8th
To take "the definitive portrait of that person in that moment" is the quest of photographer and hip-hop historian Jonathan Mannion. In this short video, Mannion details his dedication to his art and the process he goes through to catch...
Exploring the Declaration of Independence - Create a Modern Translation
10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Give you learners the opportunity to tap into their creative sides as they create a modern translation of the Declaration of Independence! After determining the central ideas of the American nation's founding document, groups are...
Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two
10 mins 10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
In a witty and entertaining video, world-renowned economists John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek come to life and debate impact of government spending on the economy through the medium of a rap song and metaphor of a boxing match.
Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability
1 min 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Termites in your house? Bad. Termites in your garden ... good? Discover the good side of an insect that often gets a bad rap with an interesting animation. The narrator discusses how termites break down plant material, what the soil...
Using Wikipedia: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #5
14 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewWikipedia may get a bad rap, but does it have any redeeming qualities? As it turns out, it does, and scholars discover what they are with part five from the Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information video series. Pupils learn about...
"Strike a Pose:" Music and Vogueing in The Winter's Tale
11th - 12th
After class members have read and discussed Act III of The Winter’s Tale, groups select one line from Act III, scene i that they feel captures the essence of the entire scene. They then create a tableaux that best depicts the scene’s...
"Music Be the Food of Love:" Found Poetry with Shakespeare and Hip-Hop
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Lines from Shakespeare and from hip-hop artists provide learners with an opportunity to examine the literary devices these artists use to express their ideas about love. Groups use the provided lines to craft found poems, and then the...
Robert Skidelsky on Keynesian Economics - It's All About Spending
15 mins 10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Get the full scoop on John Maynard Keynes and the origins of his incredible influence on macroeconomics and the role of government. British economist Robert Skidelsky offers unique insight into Keynesian economics and its fundamental...
If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Problem
3rd - 5th
Students generate effective strategies for intervening in a peer bullying situation. In this character development conflict resolution instructional activity, students brainstorm and discuss possible action plans to initiate if they...
It's Around There Somewhere! Perimeter, and Circumference
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
Explore the concept of building equations for perimeter and circumference. Learners use rulers to measure the perimeter of half a sheet of paper. Then fold the sheet of paper numerous times, each time measuring perimeter. Learners use...
Keep on Pushing: Popular Music and the Civil Rights Movement
9th - 12th
Students explore music that exemplified the Civil Rights Movement. In this music and history lesson, students research 1960's protest songs, Motown recorded music, and rap of the 1990's to consider the power of music and its reflection...
Expressions of Culture, History and Politics Through Art and Music
9th - 12th
Students analyze a piece of music to identify its political, cultural, and historical messages. They discuss relationships between art, history, culture and aesthetics and examine how Hawaiian artists transmit cultural traditions,...
From Remus to Rap: A History in Theory and Practice of the African-American Storytelling Tradition
7th - 12th
Students examine the specific form and function of tall tales and toasts. They discover the importance of performance in the telling of a story and the importance of rhythm in the telling of toasts. They create stories of their own, in...
Verb Is the Word
2nd - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
Action, linking, irregular verbs, subject-verb agreement, and verb tenses are the topics of learning in this collection. Use these resources to support teaching verbs to elementary students through practice worksheets, a learning game, and assessments to check for understanding.