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Activity: Music Analysis - Vietnam Protest Songs

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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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). **UPDATED on 6/28/20: This activity is available in the following formats: Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and PDF. Fun distance learning enrichment activity that students will engage with.

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)


Please Check Out My Other Music Analysis Activities:

BUNDLE ---> Music Analysis By Decade (**Save 30%**)

Activity: Music Analysis - 1920s & 1930s "Roaring Twenties & Great Depression"

Activity: Music Analysis - 1950s "Roots of Rock and Roll"

Activity: Music Analysis - 1960s "Rock and the British Invasion"

Activity: Music Analysis - 1970s "Era of Disco and Evolution"

Activity: Music Analysis - 1980s "A Little Rock, But a Lot of Pop"



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