Great Depression - Song Analysis Project with Rubric (This Land is Your Land) - This 4 page Great Depression teaching resource contains a project that requires students to analyze the song This Land id Your Land by Woody Guthrie and the ways in which it relates to the overall events of the Great Depression. The famous song became an anthem of the Great Depression era and is an excellent tool for student analysis in order to show their interpretive skills and their ability to relate a source to the events of the Great Depression. It is also an excellent tool for using music to engage and excite the students in your classroom when learning about the Great Depression in American history!
The resource includes a student handout that details how students should complete the project. It explains how students should use historical photos related to the Great Depression in order to make the links between This Land is Your Land and life during the Great Depression. Students then create a written response for each image in which they explain the historical relevance of the photo and how it relates to the lyrics of the song. As well, the student handout contains web links to a video and the lyrics for This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie.
The resource includes an example of how to complete the analysis of the song which the teacher can show students in order to help students fully understand what is expected of them in completing the project.
The resource also includes a marking rubric for ease of assessment.
Finally, the resource includes a teacher guide to assist in ease of use of the project and to help guide the teacher in facilitating the use of the project with students.
This is an excellent resource for use when learning about the Great Depression in American history. It is best used as a concluding activity to a Great Depression unit of study and will make a great addition to your classroom! It could also work well as a review activity for a Great Depression unit of study!