Music festivals such as Woodstock, Live Aid, or the Newport Folk Festival have provided music fans with memorable experiences. However, today's music festivals have become big businesses. The question asked in this lesson is whether money and corporations have ruined the experience of music festivals.
Students will listen to or view supporting video clips on the creation of Woodstock, U2’s performance at Live Aid, the Tupac Hologram, and the Prince cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” at Coachella. In the resource is a link to a TED TALK delivered on the Walmartization of music festivals.
There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis on a classic SPIN Magazine article on the terrible political truth of Live Aid as well as supporting material for teaching this strategy to your students. Included is a lesson on crafting a thesis sentence, as well as a link to a synthesis prompt on music festivals from the New York Times Room for Debate with student samples scored by an experienced AP reader for the College Board.
These four lessons prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature or AP English Language or Literature class.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions, a detailed rubric for Socratic Seminars and an explanation on how to conduct a fishbowl discussion.
Tags: Socratic Seminar, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, Synthesis