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This is an activity that I created for my American History class that can be done in the classroom or in the computer lab (need access to YouTube).
Students listen to 6 songs (titles listed below) and are to analyze the songs in a graphic organizer and then complete a reflection. They should be able to compare and contrast lyrics/tones from the Vietnam War years. Then I follow up the activity with a discussion about the music/tones/lyrics.
Lyric sheets are provided for each of the 6 songs:
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" - The Byrds
"Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire
"Ohio" - Crosby, Stills, and Nash
"Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival"
"War" - Edwin Starr
"Long Way Home" - Cross Canadian Ragweed (Modern song about Vietnam - but does a great job with difficulties faced by vets)