This handout has students listen to the Dylan song, Emmett Till while reading along with the lyrics.
Students discuss Author's (Dylan's) purpose, tone, and word choice, and use of figurative language.
I had students listen to this song after finding out the court's decision on the case while reading Mississippi Trial 1955, by Chris Crowe. Great way to incorporate technology and primary sources in Historical Fiction. My students LOVED this activity. Definitely a break in the normal routine.
Aligns with Common Core's expectation of reading/studying multiple texts on one topic and drawing conclusions. It also generated valuable conversation on the court case and the public's opinion on it at the time.
I do not own the rights to Dylan's song, obviously.
Link to audio of the song is included on the document.
Lesson duration depends on the amount of conversation you wish to have. I listed the duration as 30 minutes, but if you wish to generate a discussion, it could last as long as 45-50.