Bring music and history together in this quick one-day assignment based on the Historic Billy Joel "We Didn't Start the Fire" song. This assignment poses students with the big question "What was the most influential verse" in the song on present day. Students know this song but don't know the history behind it. Challenge your students to know past events and relate them to modern day. This is the perfect fun day, beginning, or end of school year assignment. Fits perfect into your history, government or Social Studies classes. This lesson could be altered to fit anytime period in US or world history you might study.
Students persuade their teacher and classmates (using research) to prove their events are the most influential today. Self Learning Environments (SOLE) pose a question to students and provides students with specified time limits for research and limited presentation times.