Lesson Plan

Understanding Immigration Through Popular Culture

Class members are introduced to a project-based learning unit on US immigration with an activity that asks them to analyze sheet music and other primary source materials to uncover issues raised by immigration.


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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use recordings of "The Ballad of the Green Berets" and "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" to model how music can reflect the social issues of a time period
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity presumes class members are familiar with project-based learning
  • The five-page packet includes a detailed plan, links to related Library of Congress sites, and a list of project-based learning extension ideas
  • Class members with little exposure to music may need additional scaffolding to analyze the sheet music and the recording
Common Core